Rovers fan Riley is club’s new chief

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have appointed Simon Riley as their new chief executive.

Rovers fan Riley (pictured), who was involved with regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, has been chosen from 20 applicants.

He said: “I was looking at a match report on the Rovers website and saw the ad for the job. I knew this was the opportunity for me. At the risk of sounding cheesy, my dream job.

“The first thing we need is a review of the business plan, backed up by a five year strategy ratified by the board, and with everyone including staff and fans fully informed about it and getting behind it.

“We have some great assets. There’s a great on and off field team, community projects, passionate support and good quality local business partners. We have to develop what we have. You can’t step back and admire your work. Featherstone Rovers is a nationally recognised name: a brand. That needs developing. We need to be seen as a catalyst for regeneration and rejuvenation in the tough times we are going through, and that will bring its rewards through increased business involvement with us.”

Rovers director Martin Overton said: “The search is over. We had over 20 candidates of the highest calibre to select from. We’ve got the man we want in Simon Riley.

“Simon has ability, skills and ambition: just what we need to take us forward. He has worked extensively with growing businesses, through his own business and through his work with ‘Yorkshire Forward and he’s a Rovers fan.”

Meanwhile, children under 16 will be given free admission to Featherstone’s home Co-operative Championship game against Barrow Raiders on Thursday night under the RFL’s kids-go-free initiative. The scheme enables children to attend Co-operative Championship and Co-operative One matches during the school holidays free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

Latest £500 winners in the Rovers treasure chest lottery are I Morton (H1096), M Bagg (V4490), P Pearson (E6425), D Lee (I0029), S Chew (B5101). Travellers Rest meal voucher: S Littlewood (V3232).