Sheffield Eagles have made another positive step to moving towards a full-time outfit following the appointment of Chris Jolley as commercial manager.
With a new stadium on the horizon and the return of former favourite Keith Senior on a full-time contract at the start of the season, the Eagles are putting their long term strategy in place to eventually return to Super League as a full-time club from top-to-bottom.
Jolley, the former commercial chief at Stockport County FC, has joined the Eagles’ flock as the club looks to maximise their commercial revenue ahead of a potential return to the Steel City in 2016 or 2017.
“We are thrilled Chris is joining the Eagles,” said Director of Rugby Mark Aston.
“He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sports industry, which will prove invaluable to us as we look to build on our existing business relationships and establish further commercial opportunities and revenue streams.”
Jolley, who lives in Sheffield, will begin his role with the Eagles on July 1 and leaves Stockport after eight years with the Hatters, but will still be involved with the club on a voluntary basis on matchdays.
“I’m very excited by the new challenge at Sheffield Eagles and I’ve been really impressed by their plans for the future,” he said. “I’m also grateful to them for allowing me to serve an extended notice period to minimise the disruption to County.”
eanwhile, the Eagles will be keeping their fingers crossed on the fitness of winger Rob Worrincy after he picked up a back problem in the 58-18 defeat against pace-setters Leigh Centurions at the weekend.
The former Halifax man has played a key role in the Eagles rise to third place in the Kingstone Press Championship, and Aston will be hoping that his injury isn’t serious as they look to return to winning ways against struggling Workington Town at Castle Park this Sunday.
“Rob Worrincy pulled up with a sore back and we’ll have to have a look at that,” said Aston.
“All of the lads, the backroom staff and the fans have very sore egos after Sunday. We were battered and bruised; we were all feeling that so we need to bounce back with what will be a tough game next weekend.”
The game on Sunday will be the Eagles last ‘home’ fixture at Castle Park before returning to The Keepmoat Stadium. They follow Doncaster’s clash with Whitehaven (3pm) with a 5.15pm kick off against Workington.