Findlay exits Crusaders
CEO steps down after Welsh club leaves Super League
Last Updated: 14/09/11 5:11pm
Crusaders players lament their final Super League appearance
Crusaders chief executive Rod Findlay has announced his resignation following the Welsh outfit's withdrawal from Super League.
Findlay, the Rugby Football League's former in-house lawyer, joined Crusaders last December after they came out of administration.
In leaving, he joins coach Iestyn Harris and the bulk of the players, who departed the Wrexham club after their final match at Wigan last Friday.
Finlay's last act at Crusaders was to submit an application to enter the Championship in 2012, which is still being assessed by the RFL.
But, whatever the outcome of that decision, the CEO feels he cannot be a part of the new club and confirmed on Wednesday he would be stepping down.
"It is a great regret that the owners decided to withdraw the Super League application because we were building something really good on and off the pitch."
Crusaders CEO Rod Findlay Quotes of the week
"It is a great regret that the owners decided to withdraw the Super League application because we were building something really good on and off the pitch," he said.
"North Wales is an area that has taken rugby league to its heart. There is a lot of local support and some prominent local people pushing for a club under new ownership in 2012.
"This needs to be locally led with everyone getting behind a sustainable club. I want the club to succeed and I have pledged to buy a season ticket if the club survives.
"I have offered support and advice to those involved but now is the time for both me and the club to look to the future."