General Manager for Super League appointed

The RFL’s Director of Standards and Licensing Blake Solly has been appointed as the General Manager of Super League.

He will step down from his current role on June 1 to take up the new position, which has been created as part of the game’s re-structure ahead of next season.

Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “This is a significant appointment that will enable the First Utility Super League to maximise the opportunities created by the new league structures and ensure that the competition builds on the momentum we have gained in the last few years.

“With an expanding commercial portfolio and a record-breaking broadcast contract with Sky Sports in place, Super League is perfectly positioned to grow still further and Blake is the best person to lead that growth.

“Blake has proved to be a valuable, respected and accomplished administrator during his time at the RFL and this appointment is recognition of his ability.

“The model of having a dedicated General Manager helped us deliver the most successful Rugby League World Cup of all time and I have no doubts that this new role, together with other initiatives, will produce similar results for Super League.”

Super League has also appointed Paul Tyrrell to advise on PR and Corporate Communications. He has previously held senior communication roles at Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton football clubs.

The RFL is also currently in the process of recruiting a new Commercial Director.

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