Ex-Salford Red Devils and Toronto Wolfpack official Martin Vickers appointed new chief executive of Featherstone Rovers

Former Toronto Wolfpack UK business manager Martin Vickers has confirmed he is Featherstone Rovers' new chief executive.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:34 am

Vickers previously worked for Salford Red Devils in a similar role and has replaced Davide Longo, who left Rovers last month to become commercial director at Bradford City.

In an email to fans, Vickers revealed Jac Davies, a former general manager of London Skolars, has also joined Rovers to lead their marketing and media department and financial services provider Sedulo will manage the club’s day-to-day finances.

He said other appointments are also expected, but "they will have to be the right, progressive recruits for the club".

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Rovers play host to Hull in the Betfred Challenge Cup on Saturday , in a repewat of a tie from 2018. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Outlining his objectives, Vickers wrote: “My role will be to work hard on and off the field to build our reputation as a 'Super League club in waiting'.”

He identified “building attendance levels” as a priority and also pledged to “improve the commercial viability of the club through increased engagement with local and national business partners”.

Rovers are currently under investigation by the RFL over alleged breaches of coronavirus regulations.

Vickers, who said he has lived in the area most of his life and has many family members from the town, added: “It will be my role to fully cooperate with the governing body to ensure that the investigation is fully supported and brought to a swift conclusion with the full facts of this matter established and the necessary improvements put in place.”

The new chief also revealed Rovers' home Betfred Championship game against Oldham has been moved back a day to Monday, May 17 (7.30pm).

Under the government's road map out of lockdown, that is the first date fans will be allowed back into stadiums.

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