A new independent commission responsible for governing rugby league in Australia has taken a step closer to reality.
The ARL took the decision at its annual general meeting to appoint two consultants, who will draw up a shortlist of the most suitable candidates for the new commission.
Newly elected Australian Rugby League Chairman, John Chalk, said: “There are still a few drafting issues but the Board today committed to a time frame where all of these will be resolved by next week.
“Following that, the new constitution can be agreed in principle.
“It is an exciting time for the game and we are moving as quickly as possible to get the new governance structure approved and in place.”
The consultants will submit a report to a committee made up of members from the ARL, News Limited and each NRL club, who will slelect the commissioners.