St Helens boss laughs off reported NRL links

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St Helens chief executive Mike Rush has laughed off links to the NRL with St George Illawarra Dragons, according to Sky Sports reporter Jenna Brooks.

The Daily Telegraph reported back in February that the Super League club boss was keen on a move to Australia, having previously applied for a role with the Dragons years ago.

Sky Sports’ Brooks has now rekindled those links for a move to the club as head of football.

Rush was appointed as Saints chief executive back in April 2013, having held a number of senior positions including head of youth development, assistant coach, head coach and general manager.

He has been with at the now-Totally Wicked Stadium for more than 20 years.

Mike Rush ‘laughs off’ links to St George Illawarra Dragons

Ahead of Hull’s Super League clash with St Helens at the MKM Stadium on Thursday, Brooks said: “Mike Rush, the CEO of St Helens, is still being linked to that head of football role at St George Illawarra.

“I did happen to speak to Mr Rush and all he did was laugh.

“Take from that what you will!”

Previous reports said that Rush was ‘keen’ on a move to Australia, having seen his side win the World Club Challenge over NRL champions Penrith Panthers earlier this February.

The 47-year-old has been with the club since 1999.

The Daily Telegraph reported: “St Helens chief executive Mike Rush is an outstanding rugby league administrator who has built Saints into a Super League powerhouse with four straight titles.

“Years ago Rush applied for the vacant chief executive role at the St George Illawarra Dragons.

“He was interviewed by then-Dragons chairman Brian Johnston, who ended up giving himself the job.

“We hear Rush is still keen on a move from the north of England to Australia.

“He would be a fantastic acquisition for the NRL in a senior role or any of the 17 clubs.”

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