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Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone to step down from post

The Rugby Super League has confirmed that its executive chairman, Robert Elstone, will leave the governing body today (March 5).

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone to step down from post

The announcement comes three weeks after the former Everton chief executive tendered his resignation, following calls for him to resign from the position he had held since June 2018.

During his time as executive chairman, Elstone helped to secure a record sponsorship deal with Betfred worth £1.2 million a year, as well as a record aggregate crowd and attendance for an individual match, which was the 31,555 Catalan's clash with Wigan at Barcelona's infamous ground, Camp Nou.

However, Elstone drew criticism from supporters and clubs who were unhappy with the way that things had been done since he came in.

In a statement issued by the league, 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."

Author: Jake Wilkin