NRL clubs renew talks with Grant

Disgruntled NRL clubs say they have resumed talks with besieged Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant.

Talks had been postponed indefinitely just last week after clubs called for a December 20 emergency meeting in a bid to oust the ARLC boss.

Grant had been desperate for clubs to return to the negotiation table after falling out with them by reneging on a 12 month old funding agreement.

He recently withdrew a memorandum of understanding which pledged an extra $100 million per year to clubs from 2018.

“Representatives of the clubs and the ARLC met today and agreed to continue discussions to resolve the current impasse,” NRL clubs said in a statement on Monday night.

Grant’s supporters such as Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros hope a return to the negotiation table leads to the December 20 meeting being abandoned.

Clubs require a minimum 14 votes from the game’s 26 shareholders – the 16 clubs, NSWRL, eight commissioners and the QRL represented by Betros – to remove Grant at the meeting.

Fourteen clubs, excluding the NRL-owned Gold Coast and Newcastle, signed a letter to the ARLC backing the EGM.

Grant, who has the support of his seven fellow ARLC directors and the QRL, has denied his position is untenable.

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