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The committee of the Rugby League Accredited Player Agent Scheme met on Thursday and accepted the resignation of Geoff Bellew as chairman of the committee.

Mr Bellew, a barrister and Senior Counsel, has had to relinquish the position due to his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court.

The former chairman of the Manly club and director of the NRL, also the son of former ARL president Tom Bellew, was the inaugural chairman of the agents accreditation committee, which he joined in March 2005, and steered the scheme through its formative years.

His position on the seven-person committee will be taken immediately by Mr Tony Whitlam QC. Mr Whitlam, a keen rugby league supporter, was a Federal Court judge from 1993 to 2005 and former Federal MP who is well-credentialled to take up the role.

The accreditation scheme rules ensure that a suitably qualified legal practitioner is elected to the committee and holds the position of independent chairman. The scheme oversees the activities of more than 100 accredited player agents who operate in rugby league.