Grant expected to return fire at NRL clubs

Under-fire ARL Commission chairman John Grant is on Tuesday expected to return fire at the clubs seeking to oust him from his position.

The NRL on Monday received an application from disgruntled clubs calling for an emergency general meeting where Grant’s fate will be decided.

After Grant and NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg reneged on a future funding agreement, the clubs have called for him to be sacked and his position appears untenable.

The clubs require 14 votes from 26 of the game’s shareholders – comprising the 16 clubs, the two state bodies and eight commissioners – to enforce change.

While it’s believed that the two clubs owned by the NRL, the Gold Coast and Newcastle, abstained from supporting the motion, it appears clubland has the numbers.

It’s believed the NSWRL supported the application meaning Grant would need to swing support in his favour to survive.

Grant is scheduled to appear at a press conference on Tuesday morning to celebrate the opening of the Titans’ new training facility at Parkwood.

He last week vowed to dig his heels in and announced his ambitions to stay in the job for another five years.

Grant fell out of favour with the clubs after he pulled from the table an offer which would fund clubs at 130 per cent of the salary cap from 2018 onwards.

It was set to deliver the 16 clubs about $100 million per year.

Despite signing a memorandum of understanding last year, the Commission pulled the offer at a chairman’s meeting, infuriating club bosses.

The NRL argued that it had pressing issues such as declining grassroots participation which needed funding and could no longer afford the deal.

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