ARLC chairman Grant survives with new NRL funding agreement

By Tom Webber 20 December 2016 65
ARLC chairman Grant survives with new NRL funding agreement

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman John Grant will remain in his position after a binding agreement over the long-term funding of NRL clubs was signed on Tuesday.

Grant reneged on a proposed funding model agreed in December 2015 and faced a vote of no confidence from the 16 NRL clubs, who were seeking greater financial security.

The ARLC chairman cited a desire to "get the funds back into the grassroots" as one of the motivating factors behind his change of heart.

However, a new agreement was struck following talks that reportedly lasted seven hours in Sydney, and Grant, who will retain his position, was pleased to have found a resolution.

"Under this agreement the clubs will have the long-term financial security they have been seeking," Grant said in a statement.

Club chairs representative Bart Campbell, the Melbourne Storm chairman, added: "The clubs and commission have a common goal – to make rugby league as strong as possible into the future.

"This agreement delivers the funds needed to achieve that target."

The new funding package includes a 65 per cent increase in funding for grassroots rugby league.

There will also be "a significant increase in club payments in the next five year cycle" and the creation of a fund to assist "financially distressed clubs"

The ARLC and NRL clubs also agreed to expedite a review of the constitution.

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