With the Independent Commission now seemingly set to be confirmed in February, the commissioners have made their first major call – and that is, signing current NRL CEO David Gallop, to a new 4-year deal in the position.

Gallop had support from the new commissioners set to front the IC, and in the process, he has received a pay-rise.

Gallop will soon celebrate 10 years in the top job, and in regards to the challenges that he will face regarding the NRL in the future – he is ready for them.

“The game’s results and incredible growth speak for themselves and we are entering a new period of opportunity that I am excited to be part of,” Gallop said.

“While I had the support of News and the ARL, the commission and I wanted the decision about my future role to be made by John Grant and the new board, and not be part of an agreement by the former partners.

“There is a real sense of optimism about maximising the position that the game is in and that is invigorating for everyone involved. I take a lot of pride in seeing the people in my executive team working really well with the commissioners as we plan for what will be an outstanding year for the game.”

The next key part of business, and one that has fans waiting with bated breath, is the new TV rights deal – which is expected to hit the 1 billion dollar mark.

By ricky

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