Three new directors walk onto Real NRL board

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NO ballot was required for the Newcastle Rugby League board on Tuesday night after only three nominations were received for the 10-person committee.

Former Cessnock president Kane Bradley, ex-Lakes United president Jason Allen and Newcastle league life member Brad Morgan nominated for the board to join existing directors Trevor Crow, Mal Graham, Anthony Rodwell, Mark Singleton, John Crooks, Mark Hanlon and Charlie Haggett.

Former general manager John Fahey considered nominating for the board but opted out due to work commitments.

Three vacancies were created by the loss of vice-chairman Steve Doran, Doug Gall and Matt Harris.

There has been a casual vacancy since Harris stood down late last year to apply for the chief executive’s position, which he was appointed to.

Asked if he was disappointed to receive the minimum three nominations for the board, Harris said: ‘‘There’s a couple of different ways to look at it. I’ve been very happy with the current board and they’ve obviously embraced the need to move forward and make some change.

‘‘I would have been disappointed if there had been too many changes, obviously, because there was one vacant position and we had another two guys who were not standing again.

‘‘There was always going to be potentially three new faces on the board, which I think is a good number.

‘‘The three guys that will join the board have plenty to bring.’’

The new board of directors will be officially appointed at the annual general meeting on November 18.

Bradley won a premiership with the Goannas in 2003 and later captained the club and served as president.

Allen was a two-try hero in Lakes’ 2006 premiership victory over Nelson Bay and also later became club president.

The centre or fullback earlier played with Western Suburbs and in the lower grades at the Knights.

Morgan has had more than 40 years of involvement in Newcastle Rugby League as a player, coach and junior administrator.

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