Gidley takes Knights role

Matt Gidley (left) and Paul Wellens at the end of the match'Leeds Rhinos v St Helens'GRAND FINAL'Engage Super League 2009

Matt Gidley (left) and Paul Wellens at the end of the match'Leeds Rhinos v St Helens'GRAND FINAL'Engage Super League 2009

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EX-Saint Matt Gidley has been appointed chief executive officer of NRL club Newcastle Knights.

The former Australia Test centre retired from playing last year, and had been working in a business role with the Knights, currently sixth in the NRL Premiership, since returning Down Under.

“I was formally asked about three weeks ago, and I’d been thinking about the role,” said Gidley.

“When I got a clear understanding of what the job was and what that entailed I was confident I could do a good job.”

Gidley’s role at the club will focus on rugby-related matters, and will not involve day-to-day commercial decisions.

“That’s something I’m looking forward to, I’m confident in my knowledge of footy,” he added.

n TROUBLED former Saints centre Martin Gleeson has been granted leave for his new club Hull FC for a stress-related illness.