Brisbane CEO Paul White says working at the NRL club is as good as chemotherapy after receiving encouraging news in his cancer battle.
Barely three months after announcing he would start treatment for a primary brain cancer, a bald White on Wednesday announced a four-year Broncos jersey sponsorship deal with National Storage that he had helped hammer out.
White said his modified work program at the Broncos was just what he needed after receiving overwhelmingly positive scan results recently.
White has just begun a second round of chemotherapy treatment after completing an initial seven-week course.
White said he had been feeding off the energy at the club who were moments away from claiming a seventh title before North Queensland’s last gasp 17-16 grand final win.
“What I have to be mindful of is to keep up my strength and rest when need be … but I want to be here,” he said.
“In some ways, the energy of this organisation is as good as chemotherapy, if you know what I mean.
“A grand final win would have been the icing on the cake”.
White said his health issues had influenced his approach at the Broncos.
“It makes for more honest and direct discussions,” he smiled.
“I have looked over the edge and, hopefully, I am not going there any time soon.
“(But) my problems pale into insignificance compared to others.”
White’s hands-on approach at the Broncos, despite his issues, has clearly impressed some.
“When we were getting to the pointy end of discussions, I walked into the meeting and saw Paul at the table,” National Storage managing director Andrew Catsoulis said.
“I said ‘I didn’t expect you to be here’ but he said ‘I don’t start my treatment until tomorrow – I wouldn’t miss this’.”