TIM Doig has stepped down as Chester’s director of rugby after three successful years in the role.

Doig was forced to hand in his resignation because of increased work commitments.

But with Chester on course to win promotion to the fourth tier of English rugby union, head coach Nic Corrigan believes the work Doig has carried out will not be forgotten any time soon.

Corrigan, whose side top National League Three North, said: “Tim has driven this club forward and without him and the other volunteers, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today.

“Tim is taking a step back but he will still be involved and it took him less than 12 hours from his resignation for him to give me a call about something!

“He’s been a big part of this club and the lads are disappointed but Tim has got a job in Chester at this moment in time that he needs to pay attention to – and we will never knock anybody for that.

“He leaves Chester Rugby Club as director of rugby in a better position than he found it in three years ago.

“He’ll always be welcome because the lads love him as much as I do.”

Chester 2nds won 29-19 at home to Fylde 2nds on Saturday.

Helsby lost 8-5 at home to Congleton on Saturday.