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Humphreys returns to NRL as Manly CEO

Former Wests Tigers boss Stephen Humphreys has been announced as Manly's new chief executive, returning to the game after a five-year British sojourn.

Humphreys, who played first grade for for the Balmain Tigers in the 1980s, was at the Tigers' helm from 2009-14 before taking up a role with British Airways in London as its global head of sales five years ago.

He will be returning to Australia with his family to take up the role in November.

Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn said Humphreys would bring a wealth of sports administration, commercial business nous and leadership experience to the club.

"We’re excited to have been able to entice Stephen back to rugby league to lead us through what we believe is an extremely bright future for the Sea Eagles. Stephen joins the club at the perfect time, where the club is enjoying positive momentum both on and off the field." Penn said.

"Stephen has had a highly successful business management career and he brings strong leadership and a proven track record of success to the club.

"We know Stephen will help the Sea Eagles grow to the next level commercially on and off the field."

Stephen Humphreys playing for Balmain in the 1980s.
Stephen Humphreys playing for Balmain in the 1980s. ©NRL Photos

Gary Wolman has been filling the role of interim CEO with the assistance of COO Brett Manwaring.

"I’m delighted to be coming back into the game I love and take responsibility for leading the mighty Sea Eagles at an exciting time for the club," Humphreys said.

"My main priority will be to engage with all stakeholders of the club and make sure we deliver on our promises every week.

"We have some untapped commercial opportunities that I will be working hard with my management team to deliver, which will allow us to take the club to new heights."

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