NRL Club Council Responds to Media Claims
Wednesday 5 December 2012 6:00 PM
The NRL Club Council has slammed suggestions that it is hosting a meeting on Monday to put pressure on the NRL Commission Chairman and has expressed frustration at media attempts to portray the Council as a lobby group against the Commission.
NRL Club Council Chairman, Mr David Trodden, said today that the Council’s meeting on Monday is a lunch to which Commission Chairman John Grant, Interim Chief Executive Shane Mattiske and a number of other parties were also invited.
Rather than being opposed to the Commission, the Club Council wanted to celebrate with the email invitation stating: “With so much having been accomplished during the year, and so much more to achieve in 2013, it would be great if everyone was able to make it. Please let me know of your availability. “
Mr Trodden said that on-going attempts to suggest that the Council was at odds with the Commission or its Chairman were simply incorrect.
“It was largely through the efforts of John Grant and the Commission that we established the Club Council as a way for the clubs and the Commission to interact.”
“Far from being dissatisfied with the Commission or John Grant the Club Council is supportive of what they are trying to achieve and the fact they are changing the way business is conducted in Rugby League.
“The Commission has recognised the importance of funding the clubs, laid out a strategic plan, conducted a long needed review of funding across the wider game, consolidated development, delivered a record season in terms of crowds, a record television rights deal, made hard decisions around refereeing and established a new way of dealing with clubs through the Club Council.
“There are always going to be points of discussion between the Council and the Commission and that is a healthy part of any relationship but there is also unwavering support for what the Commission is trying achieve and for the role of the Chairman.
“What is disappointing, is people looking to politicise the Council into something that it is not.”
Rabbitohs Chairman, Mr Nick Pappas, said that it was important that the Commission continued to drive an agenda of change.
“We are seeing a radical change in the way the game does business and across the clubs and applaud the business expertise of the Commissioners," Mr Pappas said.
“Certainly, from a club perspective, we can see great merit in what the Commission is doing and more has taken place in the last twelve months than we have seen in years.
“We think the Commission and the Executive team are achieving important results.”
“The move to appoint a Chief Executive with a strong business profile is just one of the positive steps that is endorsed by almost everyone I talk to in the game.
“It is inevitable that there are some who are going to want to hold onto the past in the face of change and that is what we might be seeing from ‘anonymous sources’ but they are unquestionably isolated and they do not reflect the overall view of the clubs.”