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Geech takes helm at Leeds

23rd July 2012 07:30

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Leeds v Bath Ian McGeechan

Returning 'home': Ian McGeechan

The former British and Irish Lions Head Coach Sir Ian McGeechan has become the new Executive Chairman of Leeds Carnegie.

McGeechan has accepted the opportunity to return 'home' to Yorkshire succeeding Paul Caddick at the RFU Championship club with immediate effect.

McGeechan only played for one club during his 16-season-playing career, Headingley RFC, who merged with Roundhay RUFC in 1992 to form the Leeds club.

He will return to Headingley Carnegie in an Executive position to head up the club working with Director of Rugby Chris Gibson and Head Coach Diccon Edwards on a number of key initiatives to build a sustainable and successful future for the Yorkshire club.

"I am delighted to have this opportunity to come back to where it all started for me and give something back to my club. I want to do everything I can to help develop the strong base there is already established here so that Yorkshire talent continues to be given an opportunity to shine at Leeds Carnegie," said McGeechan.

"I have been involved with setting up and developing a number of academies in my career and as an ex-School master I know the potential of youth within the best possible structure.

"An important part of my role will be to build relationships with businesses, sponsors and clubs across Yorkshire to create ultimately a sustainable base to build professional rugby here in Yorkshire. The role of Executive Chairman is a new role for me but one that I am very excited about. I am keen to support the club in any way I can.

"I was fortunate in my early Headingley days to be guided by older, wiser players who helped shape me as an individual and now all these years on, things have come full circle and I have the opportunity to do exactly the same," added McGeechan.