Wayne Scurrah resigns as NZ Warriors boss

DAVID LONG
Last updated 11:26 03/06/2014
Wayne Scurrah
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OUTGOING BOSS: This season will be Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah's last with the NRL club.

Jim Doyle
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GOOD OPERATOR: Jim Doyle is set to become the new CEO at the Warriors.

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Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah will quit the club at the end of the season and be replaced by former New Zealand Rugby League CEO, Jim Doyle.

Scurrah has been with the Warriors for nine years and was expected to leave at the end of the year if the team failed to make the top eight.

However, he has now confirmed that he'll be moving on at the end of the current campaign regardless of how well the Warriors do.

Scurrah said when he joined the club in November 2005 he didn't anticipate being in the role for so long.

"When I started we had significant challenges both on and off the field," he said.

"The club is in much stronger shape and I would like to acknowledge the remarkable team of people who have worked with me during this time to achieve what we have.

"It's been a privilege to be in the role and I look forward to continuing to work with my team until I leave later this year.

"I would also like to publically congratulate Jim on his appointment. I'm certain he will be a great asset for the club."

Doyle has spent the past two seasons based in Sydney, working for the NRL as their chief operating officer and said he was keen to return home to New Zealand to spend more time with his two daughters.

"I have to admit that my wife and I are a little homesick for New Zealand and are missing our time with our daughters who live there," Doyle said.

"When the opportunity arose to join the Warriors as their next CEO, I knew it was the right decision for our family.

"It means we can return home but also stay within the rugby league community, which is a major part of our lives and the sport that both my wife and I are passionate about.

"It was always my intention to return to New Zealand after two to three years, which I made clear to both the Commission and Dave Smith when I joined," he said.

NRL CEO Dave Smith praised Doyle for his significant achievements.

"I cannot praise Jim enough for his contribution to the growth of rugby league and the important foundations he's helping put in place to ensure this game becomes even healthier, stronger and more professional in the coming years," Smith said.

"Jim has worked side-by-side with me to establish the highly-successfully Integrity Unit and establish proper processes and procedures to manage important whole-of-game issues across a range of areas including Asada, player behaviour, player welfare and education and salary cap.

"Jim has also been a great mate since I joined the NRL and I am particularly pleased that he's staying within the rugby league family at the Warriors, which is a strong club.

"It is important for the NRL that people of Jim's calibre are part of the game as the NRL drives further changes to club governance and standards in line with being a major sporting administration."

Warriors owner Eric Watson thanked Scurrah for his work and expressed excitement at the appointment of Doyle.

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''Wayne has done a professional job and I'm grateful for the passion and commitment he's shown during his tenure.

"The Warriors are about to complete their second decade which makes the next 10 years critical for the club.

''Jim's a highly successful businessman first and foremost but his understanding and connection with the game is a great asset. I'm hugely excited about Jim's appointment and the future of the Warriors."

Meanwhile, the Warriors have announced they have brought to an end their experiment of playing home games at Eden Park and from next year all of their Auckland home games will be played at Mt Smart Stadium.

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