Outgoing NZRL chief Doyle to remain in league
New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Jim Doyle vacates his role tomorrow but will not be lost to the code - the Scottish-born administrator has been chosen to review the Australian Rugby League Commission's second-tier competitions.
The commission's interim chief executive Shame Mattiske confirmed Doyle, who spent three years rebuilding the NZRL, would evaluate the sport's elite player pathways on both sides of the Tasman with a particular emphasis on competitions that take place below the NRL.
Assessing the future of the under-20s Toyota Cup and reserve grade competitions in New South Wales and Queensland will be a priority for Doyle, who will remain based in Auckland.
A statement released by the ARLC said the need for a "whole-of-game" review had been identified within the NRL 2013-17 Game Plan and would assist in guiding investment in the competitions and resourcing for referees, administrators and volunteers.
Mattiske said the review was an opportunity to involve an outstanding administrator in a key area of NRL planning.
"Jim's achievement over the last three years in New Zealand has been simply outstanding.
"He has an incredible business background, a love of rugby league and a proven track record in both grassroots development and high performance management.
"He is a good listener who is able to bring a fresh perspective to a fundamentally important area of the game," Mattiske said.
Doyle begins his role in January and will meld the job with other business opportunities.
"I've got a few things that are not 100 per cent finalised. I'm not taking on one particular thing, there's a few things in sport," he said.
Doyle said he was enthused at the prospect of identifying "strategic investment areas" for the code.
"The key has been about getting alignment between the leagues and the competitions in a way that allows everyone to push in the one direction.
"Rugby league is full of passionate people and great competitions and the object of this review will be to ensure that they are aligned in a way that means each strengthens the other," he said.