Cricket fans out there will know who he is but some of the rugby league faithful may not, as former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark joins the New South Wales Rugby League as their new Chief Operating Officer.
In what is a newly created position, the move is the first step towards Clark’s goal of running a sporting organisation.
Clark has had time away from the sporting arena for the last two years and is set to start his new role on March 9, as re-enters the sporting landscape following time at a law firm.
The former Australian bowler who has degrees in Commerce and Law was chomping at the bit to return to the sporting arena and the passionate Sharks fans says he has missed it.
“The reality is I’m passionate about sport,” Clark said.
“I’ve missed it. I’ve learnt everything from the ground up in a law firm and you’ve seen good and bad things. The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that everything takes time and it’s a process.”
The role will see Clark oversee the growth of the game from a NSWRL perspective and Clark knows just how important that is.
“It’s about making the game bigger,” Clark said.
“Getting to the community and find out what the community are crying out for. You read a lot of bad press but there’s a lot of good stuff happening in rugby league.
“I’ll have a role in every area of the business.”
The NSWRL are equally excited to have Clark on board, with current Chief Executive Officer David Trodden giving him a glowing endorsement ahead of the move.
â€œWe are really excited to have a person of his quality joining the New South Wales Rugby League,” Trodden said.
â€œI think itâ€™s a real vote of confidence in our organisation that someone of Stuartâ€™s standing wants to be a part of it and is keen to help us take the NSWRL to new heights.”