DAVID Gallop has stepped down as chief executive of the Australian Rugby League Commission, effective immediately.
ARLC chairman John Grant has announced in a statement that the ARLC board and Gallop had arrived at the decision by mutual agreement.
“David understands the need for a fresh approach,’’ Grant said.
‘‘Taking this into account and with the interests of the game at heart, the board and David have reached an agreement that the game needs a different style of leadership detached from the past for the next stage of its development.
“This agreement should in no way detract from the job David has done over the last decade.
‘‘He has proven his skills as an effective administrator despite having one of the toughest jobs in sports management and he can be justifiably proud of his achievements and the legacy he leaves.
“His leadership and dedication through often challenging times has been a contributor to the commercial success of the NRL competition and the popularity rugby league enjoys today.
“On behalf of the ARL Commission and the rugby league community, I thank him for the countless hours he has devoted to promoting and improving rugby league in Australia.’’
Gallop said: “It’s been a privilege for me to lead the game over the last 10 years and see the game’s resurgence. I love the game and wish it well.
‘‘Given there’s never a good time to give effect to a decision such as this, the commission and I have both determined it’s best for me to depart immediately.
‘‘I would like to thank the clubs, the players, my staff and the fans of the game. It has been an exhilarating and challenging period, but no-one can do this job forever.”