Last- minute push for NRL clubs to get aboard the reform train
THERE has been a late push to get constitutional reform across the line ahead of tomorrow’s NRL clubs vote.
While it is unlikely that the reform will go ahead, that has not stopped late discussions between the clubs as they look to work towards a potential resolution.
It is understood that South Sydney and Melbourne pow- erbrokers have spent time in Perth trying to come to a resolution ahead of the vote.
With Canterbury no chance of changing their stance, the attention has shifted to Melbourne and the Gold Coast in a last-ditch bid to have club and state voices on the Australian Rugby League Commission.
Thirteen clubs have agreed to vote tomorrow but, barring a last-minute change of heart, the remaining three clubs will boycott the scheduled meeting.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg, who along with ARLC chairman Peter Beattie, has met with the three dissenting clubs in recent weeks, declared “we will make it work” regardless of the outcome.
“If it doesn’t get up the commission has a very diligent plan,” Greenberg said.
“It is rare in my time in the game that there has been universal agreement on many things. Constitution reform is a pillar of exactly one of those.
“It’s a symbol of just how difficult it is to get a unified position on things inside rugby league. It’s probably given the clubs an example of what we experience in head office many times when we take on difficult issues.”
It is expected that Beattie will appoint Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys and former Nine Network executive Amanda Laing as independent commissioners tomorrow.
Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, V’landys will join the commission after receiving unanimous support from the clubs to be one of their two representatives.
“We have to get through Monday and see what happens,” Greenberg said.
“Peter V’landys’ record speaks for itself. On top of being unbelievably well experienced in a number of different areas within sports administration, he also is universally accepted by the 16 clubs and that has very strong merit around the commission table.
“The other candidates being talked about — it is a bit premature until such time as they genuinely make themselves available or constitutional reform is either up or down.”