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Graham Annesley Statement: David Gallop

“Today’s announcement that David Gallop has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Rugby League sees the end of an era in Rugby League.

During his time at the helm David successfully reunited the game in the aftermath of the Super League war, leading to outstanding year on year growth across all performance measures.

The fact that the game is now poised to negotiate a record breaking broadcasting deal which will ensure the code’s future for decades to come, is in no small way a direct result of David’s indisputable contribution.

I had the great pleasure of working with David in Rugby League for well over a decade, and he is without question one of the most genuine, professional and trustworthy people you would ever meet. I am very proud to call him a friend.

David leaves the game of rugby league in better shape than at any other time in its history. His focus, tenacity and honesty are attributes which will stand him in good stead throughout the remainder of his career.

Like all of us there comes a time when new challenges arise and I have no doubt David’s future will lead him to many more triumphs in the years ahead.”

Graham Annesley
NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation

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