Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

NRL Chief Was a Dead Man Walking

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

NRL Chief Was a Dead Man Walking

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THE most amazing thing about David Gallop's amutual decisiona to leave as head of the National Rugby League is the fact that he lasted 10 years at the top.

In his farewell press conference yesterday he said athis game has an amazing ability to attack itself from withina.

David you never spoke truer words.

Rugby league is about jobs for the boys and always has been.

If you did not spill blood on the field your tenure in the sport in any administrative post remained constantly under threat.

David Gallop rose to power in the NRL because he didn't have any loyalties to any one club and most importantly he couldn't be influenced by any one person.

The solicitor son of a Canberra Supreme Court judge he started out as the NRL's legal adviser.

I first met him when he was carrying out an investigation into two Canberra Raiders' players who had been suspended over alleged drug use.

He was meticulous, fair and carried an air of authority that you didn't find with many league officials. …

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