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Posted by RLPA

March 20, 2020

Newton appointed RLPA Chief Executive Officer

The Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) has today announced the appointment of Clint Newton to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Newton has a long association with the RLPA, spending the past four years as part of the executive team in the role of General Manager of Player and Football Operations.

Newton was also heavily involved in the Association throughout his NRL career – highlighted by his election as General President in 2013, and his leading role in negotiating the 2013-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement, including organising players to play an active part in that process.

Newton replaces Ian Prendergast, who will depart the RLPA and return to Victoria with his family after a successful four and half years leading the Association.

RLPA Chair, Dr Deidre Anderson, thanked Prendergast for his immense contribution to the Association whilst also welcoming Newton to the role of CEO.

“Firstly, I would like to thank Ian for not only his outstanding service to the Association during his time as CEO, but also his commitment to the role during this transition period – including helping us work through the recruitment process,” Dr Anderson said.

“Ian, Daly (Cherry-Evans) and myself interviewed a shortlist of impressive candidates for the CEO role, as part of a thorough recruitment process undertaken on behalf of the RLPA Board.

“The RLPA Board and staff were unanimous in their support for Clint leading the Association into the future.

“We believe Clint exemplifies the values of the RLPA and that he will continue to advance the Association, building on the strong platform which has been led by Ian in recent years.

“Clint has already shown great leadership during an unprecedented time for the game, and I believe the RLPA and its members are in excellent hands.”

Newton has advanced many areas during his time with the Association, highlighted by his work as cochair of the Workloads and Balance Committee, his position as the players’ representative on the Competition Committee, and establishing minimum standards across all nations in the international rugby league space.

The former Newcastle, Melbourne, Penrith and Hull KR forward was also named a Life Member of the RLPA in 2019.

“It’s a great honour to be appointed CEO of the Rugby League Players’ Association,” Newton said.

“Being presented with an opportunity to advance the game by representing players means a significant amount to me and providing the male and female players with a strong and respected voice is my priority.

“For the game to be the best it can be and reach its potential, players will always need to be involved upfront in decisions that impact them, and we must continue working together with all the major stakeholders on a journey with shared objectives.

“On behalf of our staff and the entire playing group, I would like to thank Ian not only for what he has done for the Association and our members, but the role he has played in my development as a leader and understanding the responsibilities that come with this position.

“His contribution to the game will never be forgotten and I look forward to advancing on the robust platform that the RLPA team has established in recent years.

“While this appointment is pleasing for me on a personal level, the gravity of the situation that the game is currently facing is significant, but the RLPA team is steadfast with their commitment to help navigate the players through these difficult times.

“We will get through this together.”

Departing RLPA Chief Executive, Ian Prendergast, praised the appointment of Newton.

“I can’t think of anyone more worthy of leading the Association,” Prendergast said. “It has been an absolute privilege to work with Clint during my time at the RLPA.

“We couldn’t have achieved what we have in recent years without Clint’s passion and values-based connection with industry stakeholders helping drive the approach.

“I have every confidence that Clint’s understanding of how the RLPA can have a positive influence and properly represent its members will ensure he is a successful leader of the Association.” 

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