You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Grant says he'll stay as ARLC chairman

NZN 24/11/2016 Darren Walton, Steve Zemek and Scott Bailey

Besieged ARL commission (ARLC) chairman John Grant is vowing to stay on for years to come after promising a swift resolution of his escalating feud with angry NRL clubs.

Grant on Friday admitted to an about-face on funding agreements with clubs in 2015 and appointed leading Australian sports administrator John Coates to head an independent review of the constitutional reform.

But he plans on going nowhere despite a facing a vote of no confidence from the clubs after the row broke out on Wednesday.

"Why would I be standing down? I haven't received anything to indicate I should - I haven't seen any letter," Grant told reporters at Rugby League Central in Sydney.

"It's disappointing. I've been in this job five years; this game has progressed enormously.

"I've had very good relationships with almost all those club chairs in that time. We've clearly had a glitch on Wednesday (but) I expect to be able to take these discussions forward."

And quickly, with Grant saying the league was acutely aware of the need to reach a compromise as soon as possible after reneging on his pledge to fund clubs with 130 per cent of the salary cap from 2018.

"We have an intent to move quickly, as they do," Grant said.

"This is very damaging and I'm conscious of that and I want to get us on the front foot again and get us back to the table and nut this out.

"We propose to meet next week."

Grant said a participation crisis engulfing the game was largely behind more money being needed to be thrown at grassroots level than at NRL clubs, who he believed would ultimately come to the party.

"Things have changed," he said.

"We had an agreement struck in December 2015 on a compacted funding. It was roughly $100 million extra to clubs per year and $100 million to grassroots.

"And the intervening years, the digital world's interrupting normal broadcast, we've got participation issues that need to be addressed today.

"I'd be very surprised if they (the clubs) don't understand what we're dealing with and we don't get to an outcome that is appropriate for all parties."

The clubs have also called for constitutional change to allow them to have two seats on the commission.

Grant appeared to offer an olive branch on that score, with Coates - the Australian Olympic Committee president and lawyer - to lead a review.

"It is an appropriate time to do a constitutional review, and we need appropriate people to lead that and John Coates is second-to-none," he said.

Grant said he expected to remain as chairman for at least five more years.

"That's not a throwaway line," he said.

"I love this role. I'm 100 per cent committed to having this game be successful across all of its elements.

"I've worked very hard to do that and I'll continue to work hard to do it."

But only time will tell whether the clubs accept Grant's latest promises and hopes of reaching a compromise.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon