The Tweed Heads Seagulls announced today that after a three year tenure with the club, Shaun McRae will step down from the role as CEO following the completion of the 2016 season.

McRae, whose career in rugby league spans over 30 years and includes coaching and football administration roles with a number of NRL and Super League clubs, informed the board earlier in the week that he felt it was time for a change.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the club, and I’m thankful for the opportunity that Seagulls has given me to be able to return home from the UK and continue working in rugby league, but I feel it’s time for a change,” McRae said.

“The game will undergo some significant changes over the next 12 months with the removal of the National Youth Competition and the elevation of the Intrust Super-backed competitions in Queensland and NSW, and I think the timing is right for someone new to come in and take the club into this exciting new era.” 

Club Chairman Ian Paton praised McRae for his efforts and wished him the best of luck in his future endevours.

“Shaun has done a tremendous job, under difficult circumstances at times,” Paton said.

“He managed to secure funding for, and oversaw the construction of, the Clubhouse roof extension, a new digital scoreboard and he leaves the club in a healthy financial position.”

“On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank Shaun for his efforts over the last three years and wish him and his wife Tina the best of luck in whatever the future holds for them. They will always be welcome at our club.” 

The Tweed Heads Seagulls Management Committee will now begin the process of finding McRae’s successor. The position will be officially be advertised on Monday, August 15 with applications closing on September 9, 2016.