Greenberg rejects NRL power struggle claim

Pamela Whaley
Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys (left) and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has rejected claims he is locked in a power struggle with commission chairman Peter V'landys, saying he is comfortable with their working relationship.

In the final year of his contract as NRL CEO, Greenberg said he is not concerned over his future and whether V'landys will sign off a new deal to keep him in charge beyond this season.

Greenberg has been waiting on a contract extension since the end of last year, but is yet to receive the offer from the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) less than two weeks out from the start of the 2020 season.

However, Greenberg told reporters on Monday he is not concerned about his future as the game's boss.

When asked if he is comfortable with his working relationship with V'landys, Greenberg said: "Absolutely."

"My contract expires at the end of 2020.

"I am not too concerned at the moment. I have got a really good relationship with the chairman and the board. I have a job to do. I have committed to that job."

Greenberg has been in the top job at NRL headquarters since 2016 when he was promoted from head of football.

Last week he was celebrating a $30 million profit for the NRL for 2019.

He attributed the windfall in part to the game's new tougher 'no fault stand down' laws that he introduced at the beginning of the year.

"I am just passing my four year anniversary, just feel like I've got my hands on the controls," Greenberg said.

"It's a tough industry this, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

"I've said this all the way along, it's an absolute privilege. It comes with challenges from time to time , but it also comes with an enormous respect for the game and I have that.

"I've got a lot of work to do and I've said to Peter and the board I'm prepared to do that, roll my sleeves up and get on with the job."

Last week V'landys told Nine Media that negotiations with Greenberg were ongoing, but there was no rush to get a deal done with a long period of time before his contract expired.

"Look, we're in negotiations with the CEO, we continue to be in negotiations. People have to realise there's been some pretty major events in the last three or four weeks in the bushfires so our focus has gone elsewhere," V'landys said.

"There's no rush. The contract doesn't expire for quite a long period so I think people are reading things that just aren't there."