Chief Robert Elstone proud of 'what has been achieved' in his time at Super League - former Castleford Tigers director to leave his role on Friday

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone will leave the organisation tomorrow (Friday).

By Peter Smith
Thursday, 4th March 2021, 6:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:00 pm
Robert Elstone. Picture by Tony Johnson.
Robert Elstone. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Elstone handed in his notice on February 9, after less than three years in the role.

In a statement issued by Super League today (Thursday), Elstone said: “I am grateful to the Super League board for giving me the opportunity to do the job I have always wanted and will look back with great pride on what has been achieved since I joined Super League at the start of its new journey, almost three years ago.

“I’d also like to thank colleagues, clubs, coaches and players and our great partners for their unswerving commitment to Super League.

"They have made my time at Super League enjoyable and fulfilling and I leave with many wonderful memories.

“Rugby league will always be in my blood and, just as I have always believed for as long as I can remember, it has a bright and exciting future. I look forward to watching that unfold.”

A comment from the Super League board added: “Super League would like to thank Robert for the commitment and energy he has brought to the role of executive chairman.

“His undoubted passion for the game of rugby league has always been clear and he has worked hard to increase the success of Super League.

"We wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Elstone is a lifelong Castleford Tigers fan and former club director, as well as having worked for the RFL.

He joined Everton Football Club in 2005 as chief operating officer and was appointed chief executive in 2009 and a director in 2016.

He was appointed by Super League in June, 2018 as clubs in the elite competition set about running their own affairs.

His departure fuels speculation a unification could take place between Super League and the RFL.

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