RMI manager Steve Waywell has turned down a move to Hyde United and pledged his future to Leigh.

Waywell was approached by the Tameside club and offered an attractive package to take over at the Ewen Fields less than two weeks after they sacked former boss David Nolan.

But after guiding the Railwaymen to the Conference, he said that he felt loyalty to the club: "The future is bright at Leigh and there is a lot of work to be done so I can't leave now. On top of which, the fans have been really great to me through good times and bad and they make me want to stay."

Leigh travel to Gravesend tomorrow knowing that they must pick up points from the game after failing to do so in their last eight away journeys.

Northfleet are no pushovers but they can only boast a modest record at Stonebridge Road.

The Railwaymen will still be without midfielder Andy Heald (damaged metatarsal) and Paul Williams, who serves a one-match suspension.

Skipper Gerry Harrison could be back to lead the side after a knee operation and pacy winger Stuart Whittaker is expected to sign for the club on a permanent footing in the next few days.