Commissioners back Grant as clubs call for his head

ARL Commission chairman John Grant.
ARL Commission chairman John Grant. DAVID MOIR

RUGBY LEAGUE: The ARL Commission has backed its chairman John Grant, despite the ongoing calls from NRL clubs for him to stand down.

The league has received a formal application from disgruntled clubs calling for an emergency general meeting to oust the embattled ARL boss.

However, Grant's seven fellow directors have announced they stand united behind him ahead of a December 20 meeting of the 26 stakeholders, which also includes the NSWRL and QRL.

NRL clubs require a minimum of 14 votes to remove Grant as the commission chairman.

"It is highly disappointing that they (clubs) have taken this course of action given John's unwavering commitment to the game over the last five years,” the commissioners said in a joint statement.

"John's appointment as inaugural chair recognised his qualities as a successful businessman, who as a former Kangaroo, was ideally suited to take the game forward.

"He has since undertaken his role without bias and with the best interests of the game as his priority at all times.”

The commissioners backed Grant's reasons for reneging on a funding model agreed to last year that has the NRL clubs up in arms.

They cited a need to better fund grassroots, the women's game, participation and digital exposure.

"We would urge the clubs to accept our invitation to engage in open dialogue at the earliest opportunity,” they said.

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