Workington Reds have announced a new club chairman following the decision of Dave Bowden to concentrate on the town’s new stadium project.
Phil Norman, who took on the vice-chairman’s role two years ago and acting deputy chairman since Bowden left the board in April.
The board have now confirmed that Norman will officially step up to chairman, with Richard Lewthwaite taking on the role of vice chairman.
Lewthwaite had joined as an associate director 18 months ago and has been a leading light in some community initiatives since then.
The new chairman was at Penrith on Tuesday night to watch returning manager Danny Grainger put his squad through their paces in the first training session of pre-season.
“I think we were all disappointed to miss out on promotion last season but that’s behind us now and everyone is ready to go again.
“We are all looking forward to a new season and judging by how Danny put them through their paces on Tuesday the lads are going to be fit for the start of the season,” said Norman.
All three new recruits – Lewis Reilly, Ben Hughes and Greg McCarragher – were there, along with three county-based trialists and members of the Development squad.