Australian Tim Cleary will be the new chief executive of National Rugby League (NRL) side Manly Sea Eagles.
Cleary is currently the principle of Independent Roman Catholic School St Augustine's College, Sydney. He will join the club in an official capacity in December and his immediate priorities will be the redevelopment of the Brookvale Oval and the club’s plans for a centre of excellence.
He succeeds Joe Kelly, who resigned earlier this year. The club has had a tumultuous year and has been embroiled in match-fixing allegations, sponsorship issues and poor on-field results.
“He has strong commercial experience, is an outstanding communicator, and is an expert at stakeholder management,” said Scott Penn, Manly’s chairman. “Tim is well known in the community as a Manly local and has been a passionate supporter of the Sea Eagles for many years.”
Cleary added: “I have had nothing but admiration for the Sea Eagles and their winning culture. We also have an amazing amount of emerging talent in the NRL team. I am looking forward to helping the Sea Eagles grow and prosper.”