RALPH RIMMER is to stand down as chief executive of Huddersfield Giants.
The 38-year-old will remain a club director and continue to be the club's representative on the Super League board.
But he has found combining the role of Giants chief executive and managing director of the Galpharm Stadium increasingly difficult.
He will hand over his Giants duties to Richard Thewlis, who will retain the title of general manager, with Rimmer believing the time is right to make the switch.
"Richard has been playing an increasingly large role in the day-to-day running of the club," said Rimmer, who has held the chief executive position for four years.
"So handing over the majority of my chief executive duties to Richard is a natural progression.
"He has shown during the course of the season that he is more than ready to take greater control.
"This news is just the latest step in the continuing progression of the Giants. I believe it is a very positive move.
"With Ken Davy doing such a fantastic job as chairman and Richard now assuming more control on a daily basis, it's obvious the Giants will continue to go from strength to strength."
Now Rimmer has handed over many of his Giants responsibilities, he will focus 100% on the events coming up at the Galpharm.
A major stadium occasion will be the Gillette Tri-Nations clash between Great Britain and New Zealand on Saturday, November 6.
"Everyone at the stadium is determined to ensure this match is a complete success," he added.
"The aim is to guarantee the contest is a sell-out, and there's no reason why this won't be achieved.
"It promises to be a big night."
* Leeds Rhinos have been rewarded for their top-of-the-table finish in the regular Super League season with five players in this season's Dream Team.
Dream Team: Briscoe (Hull); Vainikolo (Bradford), Senior (Leeds), Domic (Wakefield), Bai (Leeds); McGuire (Leeds), Horne (Hull); Farrell (Wigan), Diskin (Leeds), King (Hull), Lauitiiti (Leeds), Solomona (Wakefield), Sculthorpe (St Helens).