Simon Leach stands down.

Simon Leach on the stars bench.

Simon Leach on the stars bench.

Coach Simon Leach has confirmed he will not be returning to the Billingham Stars next season.

Simon explained that his decision had been a difficult one;

“I felt unable to commit 100% to another season at Billingham, I am in the process of starting a new business and I am not confident that I can give the level of commitment required”.

“Anyone who knows me is aware that I always give 100% to any job I take on”.

“I have had an offer from Whitley Bay, but I am still weighing up taking that position”.

“Travelling time to Billingham for training and games is an issue, I have had a long hard think, about my new work commitments and the travelling to Billingham, it was a difficult decision and one that I have not taken lightly”.

“I was welcomed with open arms at Billingham by players and fans, I have explained my reasons to Allen Flavell, and I depart on good terms with the club”.

“Billingham is one of the best organised clubs (at all levels)  I have had the pleasure to be involved in”.

“I would like to thank the directors Allen, Terry and Brian for their support”.

“I would like to thank the players for their hard work and commitment, and the fans who got behind us as a team. The approach from Whitley was not a deciding factor; the decision was as good as made before they got in touch”.

“I was gutted not to bring any silverware to Billingham this season, and I wish whoever takes over the role every success next season”.

Billingham Stars director and general manager Allen Flavell thanked Simon for his work this year;

“Simon gave us 100% including taking to the ice when the injury crisis really hit us, that was never part of his contract, but it proves the commitment he gives in his coaching role”.

“We came second in all competitions in a much improved and stronger league, the points we won this season would have taken the league title a year earlier”.

“All of us at Billingham Ice Hockey Club wish Simon all the best for his future.”

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