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Leigh RMI are reborn as Genesis

The new Leigh kits
Leigh Genesis players model the new kit

Non-league side Leigh RMI have started a new era after rebranding themselves as Leigh Genesis.

The club, who are moving to a new stadium, have also changed the colour of their playing kit from red to white and black.

Leigh were relegated from Blue Square North last season and will be in the Unibond Premier Division next season.

"It was a good opportunity [to progress]," chairman Dominic Speakman told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We thought we needed to put together a club worthy of the quality of the stadium we're moving to, which meant a complete overhaul.

"We wanted a name that was quite snappy but also one not being used by any other football club, so that it could become synonymous with Leigh."

Leigh Genesis
The team shirt will not carry any sponsorship on the front this season but will dispay the Genesis name instead.

Speakman added: "We've moved to becoming full-time and completely revamping the club.

"We want to be able to stand up against any other team and be the non-league club of choice for players to come to."

Leigh are moving the newly built Leigh Sports Village along with the town's Centurions rugby league team and the Harriers athletics club.

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