Outgoing NRL chief Todd Greenberg speaking to media today. (9 News)
Outgoing NRL chief Todd Greenberg speaking to media today. (9 News)

Greenberg admits mistakes but has no regrets

Former NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg insists he has no regrets over his four-year tenure despite his premature exit from the league this week.

In his first interview since resigning on Monday, Greenberg listed the advent of the women's game, the 2017 grand final performance of music artist Macklemore, and strengthening concussion protocols as his proudest contributions to the game.

Asked if he would've done anything differently, Greenberg told reporters on Wednesday:

"No, not at all. You can't look through the prism of hindsight. You do what you think is best at the time."

 

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"Things like the advent of the women's game and the growth we've had in NRLW, I hope to see that prosper in the years to come," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"Sitting at the 2017 grand final and watching Macklemore perform, seeing the inclusiveness of the sport portrayed was fantastic.

"In more recent times, the work the game's done on concussion and protocols around players has been world-class. There's a lot of things I've been proud of.

"It's been a wild ride and I've enjoyed every bit of it."

 

Raecene Mcgregor of the Broncos Is tackled by Kezie Apps in the NRLW grand final. Todd Greenberg says the emergence ofthe women’s game was one of the highlights of his time in charge of the NRL. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
Raecene Mcgregor of the Broncos Is tackled by Kezie Apps in the NRLW grand final. Todd Greenberg says the emergence ofthe women’s game was one of the highlights of his time in charge of the NRL. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

 

On Monday, Greenberg and the governing body mutually agreed on his immediate departure from the game.

Speculation had been mounting in recent months that Greenberg was quickly losing support as the league's chief executive.

The coronavirus outbreak resulted in a stay of execution, and there were suggestions the former Canterbury CEO could earn an extension.

 

Todd Greenberg said Macklemore’s performance at the 2017 grand final was also a highlight as it displayed the inclusiveness of the game. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
Todd Greenberg said Macklemore’s performance at the 2017 grand final was also a highlight as it displayed the inclusiveness of the game. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

 

But an explosive attack from broadcast partner Channel Nine last week led to Greenberg calling it quits six months before his contract expired.

Greenberg, who was reportedly frozen out of recent broadcast meetings, insisted he wouldn't have done anything differently over his four years in charge.

"You can't look through the prism of hindsight. You do what you think is best at the time. Everyone's human. You're going to make mistakes occasionally," he said.

 

Todd Greenberg resigned after a meeting with Peter V’landys on Monday. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images)
Todd Greenberg resigned after a meeting with Peter V’landys on Monday. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images)

 

"But one thing I think people know about me is I was always upfront."

He said he was always prepared to front the media in good and bad times.

The league last year controversially introduced its no-fault stand-down policy for players charged with serious criminal offences following its summer from hell.

"There was a lot of difficult moments through my tenure. A lot of hard decisions. That's not to say we got them all right," Greenberg said.

"But we were always upfront about it and I always did it with the game's best interests at heart. And that always comes with criticism but that's okay.

"I'm a realist."

 

Originally published as Greenberg admits mistakes but has no regrets


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