NRL Chief Executive, Mr Dave Smith, today announced major changes to the NRL structure, including the appointments of two of Australias leading sports administrators.


We have the best game and the best athletes. Todays announcement is about ensuring we also have the best possible administration, Mr Smith said.


Rugby League is entering a period of unlimited opportunity.


To fully capitalise on it, the game must be as professional, skilled and successful off the field as our players are on it.


Mr Todd Greenberg, currently the CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, will take the pivotal new role as Head of Football, a brief which will include a strategic focus on the whole of the game Rugby League operations.


Mr Jim Doyle, a highly successful businessman and former CEO of New Zealand Rugby League, has been appointed to the new position of Chief Operating Officer, where he will have responsibility for critical internal functions and governance for both the NRL and clubs.


The new NRL Executive structure will see the creation of seven business units reporting directly to CEO Dave Smith: Football; Finance; Operations; Corporate Affairs and Community; Marketing, Digital and Content; Commercial; and Strategy.


Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys welcomed the new NRL executive structure and appointments, saying they should be well received and supported by all rugby league fans.


Dave Smith understands that rugby league is now in a position of great opportunity, said Humphreys.


It should also now be very clear to everyone that he has been hard at work, building his plans, structures and team to ensure that the game begins to realize its true potential.


Ive been fortunate enough to get to know Todd and Jim pretty well in recent years.


They are both outstanding executives who will bring enormous energy, experience and expertise to the management of rugby league.


I congratulate them on their appointments.


All of us at Wests Tigers look forward to working with Dave and his executive team, including Todd and Jim, as well as the ARL Commission to play our part in taking our Club and the game of rugby league to another level.