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QRL Statement

Intrust Super Cup club the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles have taken a significant step towards securing their future, with the club embracing a new direction at their AGM overnight.

Following an extensive consultation process with the Queensland Rugby League and key local personnel, an agreed consensus was reached regarding the future of this vitally important rugby league development pathway.

A pivotal development for the growth of the Sunshine Coast/Gympie region was the appointment of a new-look Sea Eagles Board and the ratification of an assistance package from the QRL.

In accepting the QRLs support, the Sea Eagles have recognised the need for change and thanked everyone involved for their hard work. They are now collectively committed to working together under the new model in the future.

The new direction includes an immediate Board restructure, improved governance and key personnel changes, along with an extensive review of strategic planning and governance moving forward.

Respected local league identity Ashley Robinson replaces Peter Boyce as the Sea Eagles Chairman. Robinson will work closely with former NRL and Maroons Origin star Chris Flannery, who was recently-appointed Chief Executive Officer and will occupy a place on the Board.

Kerrod Walters will be another new Director, with the former Maroons and Australian player appointed by the QRL. Walters public profile and business acumen will be a great asset for the Sea Eagles.

The remaining Directors on the seven-man Board are Gordon Oakes, Scott Brimelow and Allan Marr who were all elected at last nights AGM. The final Director will be a nomination from the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League which is expected to be ratified shortly.

QRL Chairman Peter Betros thanked outgoing Sea Eagles Chairman Peter Boyce for his significant contribution.

Peters unquestionable passion and devotion to rugby league has paved the way for Sunshine Coast players to experience Queenslands premier competition via the Intrust Super Cup, Betros said.

Rob Moore, QRL Chief Executive Officer, further confirmed the significance of the changes.

As the games governing body, we recognise the importance of having strong pathways for rugby league in the Sunshine Coast/Gympie area and believe a club competing in the Intrust Super Cup is a vital component in this strategy, Moore said.

Everybody understands the desire to have viable and sustainable pathways in this region and we believe this assistance is the best way forward at this point in time.

Its extremely important to highlight this support has a number of components, with a key focus on governance, strategic direction, sustainability and confidentiality.