Broncos CEO White takes leave of absence

Brisbane NRL club chief executive Paul White has taken an immediate leave of absence to seek treatment for a health issue, understood to be a brain tumour.

The Broncos announced on Thursday White had accepted advice of medical practitioners to receive treatment straight away, aiming to resume his duties in full in the near future.

“As always Paul remains strong, extremely positive and in a good health generally, and is determined to get the right health outcome,” club chairman Dennis Watt said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Watt told the ABC that White had been taken to hospital after having a seizure and collapsing.

“Paul has a brain tumour but as he described it, it’s the very best type,” he told the ABC on Monday.

“Not that it’s a pleasant thing but it’s low grade, it’s slow growing and it’s very treatable so he’s very positive, and very optimistic about the treatment and about his recovery.”

White said in the Broncos’ statement on Thursday that his family had been touched by the outpouring of well-wishes since news of his illness surfaced.

“My wife Angela, my four daughters and I have been overwhelmed with the messages of support and encouragement we have received,” he said.

“In the past two weeks these messages have come from across Queensland and Australia, and also from the rugby league community overseas.”

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