Jim Doyle signalled a new era for the Vodafone Warriors on Monday when he officially started as the club's first managing director.

He will take take the club into its landmark 20th anniversary in 2015 after terms as the New Zealand Rugby League's chief executive and the NRL's chief operating officer.

Until now the club has been headed up by a chief executive but Doyle takes a new title as the sixth man to lead the Vodafone Warriors' day to day operations.

He follows former chief executive Wayne Scurrah and also replaces him on the board. Scurrah finished with the club last week after being in charge for almost half of the Vodafone Warriors' first 20 seasons in existence, his record reign spanning nine years after being appointed late in 2005.

Foundation chief executive Ian Robson was in the position for the club's first two seasons in 1995 and 1996 before being replaced by Bill MacGowan early in the 1997 Super League campaign. MacGowan was in charge to the end of the 1998 season but was then replaced by Trevor McKewen who held the reins for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

When Eric Watson took over the club in late 2000, Mick Watson was appointed chief executive, holding the post for five years to the end of the 2005 season when Scurrah was signed.