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New ARL CEO

Posted by: Staff writers | 23 November, 2012 - 11:23 AM
NRL CEO Dave Smith

4BC Sports Today: ARL Commission chairman John Grant welcomed new chief executive Dave Smith as the right man to lead rugby league forward on Friday.

Grant said the ARLC made no apologies for the time it took to find a replacement for former boss David Gallop, who departed in June.

"This is a person who knows business, who knows how to lead, who loves sport, who is culturally suited to our game and who has a very strong sense of community," Grant said.

"We've spent a lot of time talking with Dave and I can tell you that we are certain he will do a fantastic job for our game."

The Welshman moved to Australia nine years ago and will leave his role as a senior banking figure with Lloyds International to take up his new job on February 1.

A former soldier with the British Army, Smith said he was very excited about taking on the role.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of the rugby league family," he said on Friday.

"I feel a real sense of excitement and duty in taking on the chief executive role at such an exciting point for the game and the NRL.

"It's a chance to make a real difference at a time when rugby league is looking to grow to a new level.

"The role has everything I could want and I am really looking forward to getting started.

"I think I have got the best job in Australia.

"This is a wonderful opportunity. It is an honour and a privilege."

Shane Mattiske will continue as the interim ARLC chief executive until Smith moves into his new role in February.

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