Blake Solly has said that he is leaving his position as the Super League general manager in order to take over as Chief Executive of the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Solly has been the Super League general manager since 2014. He is due to start at the Rabbitohs on May 17th and the search for his replacement is well underway.
Commenting on his decision Solly said that it was “extremely difficult” but he wanted to take the opportunity to join “one of the best clubs in Rugby League”. He went on to say that it will be tough to leave his current job and thanked the staff and clubs for their support.
Thank you to the staff, clubs and fans of @SuperLeague for their support over the last 2 years. Great clubs, great fans, great competition.
— Blake Solly (@BlakeSolly) April 13, 2016
Nicholas Pappas, the chairman of the Rabbitohs, said that they are delighted to be bringing a person of Solly’s “calibre” to the club as Chief Executive and said that he thinks Solly’s previous experience makes him the perfect candidate for the job.
— Nick Pappas (@Navlakas) April 13, 2016
At the Rabbitohs Solly will be in charge of managing the commercial and administrative sides of the business while working alongside the general manager of football, Shane Richardson, to make sure that the club continues to improve 10 years after private investment.
While a replacement is sought for Blake Solly the RFL’s marketing director, who has been with the body for four years, will take on his duties.
Nigel Wood, the RFL Chief Executive, said that Solly has been a fantastic manager at the First Utility Super League and that he is disappoint that he has chosen to return to Australia. He went on to say that Solly has contributed a huge amount to the RFL and in ensuring that the First Utility Super League remains the premier sports league of the British summer.