Shane Richardson will soon head back to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with the former club CEO to rejoin Souths as the club’s General Manager of Football.
After 12 months at the NRL as their Head of Game Strategy and Development, Richardson tendered his resignation. His new role at Souths will see him oversee player retention, recruitment, pathways and operations.
Current Souths CEO John Lee is looking forward to having Richardson back at the club.
â€œShane is arguably the most experienced football brain in the country,” Mr Lee said.
â€œHe has a wonderful understanding of the football side of the business and a deep appreciation of what our Club stands for, having been part of the organisation for over a decade.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to Shaneâ€™s contribution to the future success of the Rabbitohs.â€
Richardson’s contribution was praised by ARLC Chairman John Grant.
“He has completed the strategy and has been offered a long term role at Souths so this is the logical time to make the change,” he said.
“His experience at the NRL has given him a unique insight into the game that he did not have before and he leaves on the best of terms.”
In his role with the NRL for just 12 months, it was a question of pursuing a role that he has always had an eye for and Richardson looks forward to getting started.
“I really enjoyed the experience of working at NRL headquarters but this new role â€“ and its direct involvement with the players and the game â€“ is what I want to do next in life,” he said.
“I am looking forward to moving from a strategic role back to the coal face.”