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Queenslander Bob Bennett was last night appointed as the new CEO of the Men of League Foundation.  Mr Bennett succeeds Martin Cook who has been the inaugural and only CEO of the Foundation.  Mr Bennett is a former Queensland Police Officer and Manager of a Security business and he has a lifetime of involvement in rugby league.


Men of League President, Ron Coote, welcomed the appointment.  “Bob has been involved in all aspects of rugby league from playing, coaching and administration throughout his entire life” Mr Coote said.  “His experience and wide network of associates in New South Wales, Queensland and Papua New Guinea will be invaluable to the Men of League Foundation”.


Men of League Foundation’s primary objective is to provide assistance and support to former players who have fallen on hard times, as a result of illness or injury.  In its ten years of existence, it has provided several million dollars of assistance including respite care, wheelchairs and rehabilitation.


Mr Coote acknowledged the wonderful contribution Martin Cook made to Men of League over the past several years.


“Martin has nurtured and grown the organisation from a small group of mainly volunteers to a membership of more than 16,000.  He has made a decision to return to his family’s financial planning business in Dubbo.


“Mr Bennett will commence his duties early in the New Year and I believe he has the capacity and energy to bring the Foundation to a new level” Mr Coote concluded.