Australian Rugby League Commission chairman, John Grant, has quit.
Australian Rugby League Commission chairman, John Grant, has quit. PAUL MILLER

Grant quits as ARL commission chairman

UNDER-SIEGE NRL independent commission chairman John Grant has finally agreed to quit, ending months of speculation about his future.

In a move that will help end the turmoil and combat with the 16 clubs and the RLPA over future funding, Grant will stand down after five years in February.

The NRL has released the following press statement.

"Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant today announced he will not stand for reappointment as a commissioner at the end of his current term in February 2018.

Grant was appointed as the inaugural chairman of the commission in February 2012 and will have completed his second term when he steps down.

"For some weeks I have deliberated on the changing face of the commission post constitutional reform should that occur this year and the need for a succession plan for the role of chairman," Grant said.

"All well run organisations need time to properly plan for the future and my decision, at this time, assists this.

"In the months between now and February there is a lot to be done and I look forward to continuing to lead the game as chairman and applying all my energy to deal with the many opportunities and challenges that are before us."