THERE has been a change at the top at Warrington Wolves with Stuart Middleton taking over as chairman.

He replaces Steven Broomhead in the role with Mr Broomhead becoming vice chairman at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Mr Middleton, who has made his millions at Card Factory, has invested more than £1 million since becoming a director, helping in areas such as funding transfer fees and stadium renovations.

And he has pledged to spend a further £1 million over the next four years.

Prof Steven Broomhead, who became chairman in 2009, said: “Stuart and I have worked very closely over the past two years alongside the board to drive forward the ambitions of the club.

"After nine years as chairman, I believe it is the right time for Stuart to take on the leadership of the board and I will continue to support him as his deputy.

"Stuart is a very astute and successful business person as well as being a lifelong fan and I know his passion for success will be infectious on and off the field within the club.”

Stuart, who was brought up in Orford and lives in Stockton Heath added: “I am honoured to become the chairman of Warrington Wolves, the club that I have supported most of my life and that I care passionately about.

"It’s not all about the status but more about making a difference, ensuring that we have financial security, a strong and robust business plan with success ingrained in our culture and ethos. A winning attitude starts at the top and filters down.”

Karl Fitzpatrick, Wolves’ chief executive, said: “Stuart’s business acumen has been a recognisable asset to the club board.

"The experience he has within the business world has brought a lot to the table and his investment has gone a long way to promoting and building the future of our club.

"As a Warringtonian his passion and drive to make our club successful is clear to see making his progression into the role of chairman the right choice.

"We would like to thank Steven (Broomhead) for his leadership contribution and support during his long and successful chairmanship, he will continue to play an important role on the board in his position of vice chairman.”