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Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Waywell aiming high
Waywell expected Twiss to leave the club
Twiss has left Leigh for rivals Chester

Leigh RMI have lost striker Michael Twiss and goalkeeper Mark Westhead, but manager Steve Waywell is looking towards a bright future for the Nationwide Conference club.

Twiss has signed for Conference rivals Chester City after finishing as Leigh's leading scorer last term.


Twiss is a former League player and I was surprised he lasted the season with us
Steve Waywell
And former Wycombe Wanderers keeper Westhead has joined Stevenage Borough.

"Michael has got tremendous ability and I'm sorry to see him go, but it was expected and so it hasn't come as a shock," said Waywell.

The Leigh boss had offered a new deal to the former Manchester United youngster but couldn't compete with the terms on offer at the Deva Stadium.

"Mark's a former League player and I was surprised he lasted the season with us, because he did have offers from elsewhere. We got a good season out of him, so I'm happy with that."

The Leigh boss has already lined up replacements in both positions and - having kept together the bulk of the squad which finished last season strongly - is confident about the Railwaymen's prospects.

"If I can add the four or five players I think we need I think we can be one of the better sides in the league.

"The main aim at the start will be to make sure we stay in the Conference, but we are capable of doing very well."

It's all a far cry from four or five months ago when Leigh were struggling for survival on and off the pitch.

Limited company

However, the club, under the guidance of acting chairman Alan Leach, has just become a limited company with a new five-man board and a new ground in the pipeline.

"The club has got itself sorted and from looking very bleak, the future is looking good," Waywell added.

"I'm looking forward to the next two or three years. We are in a better position than most Conference clubs.

"We still can't offer the wages of some and it will take two or three years to be able to complete on that level, but we have got the money in place for next season."

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