Australia's rugby club new chief to fix salary cap challenge

15:04, July 22, 2010      

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New Melbourne Storm chief executive Ron Gauci's top priority is to solve the club's salary cap problems as soon as possible, Australia's media reported on Thursday.

To that end, Gauci will hold urgent talks with coach Craig Bellamy, the Storm players, the directors and the National Rugby League (NRL).

Gauci, the former managing director and vice-president for information technology company Verizon Business in Australia and New Zealand, on Thursday took over the role from Frank Stanton at the helm of the embattled club.

According to ABC, the Storm has been enveloped in controversy since revelations of massive salary cap breaches were exposed in late-April.

The NRL stripped the club of two premierships, three minor premierships and its 2010 competition points.

In recent days, Melbourne has begun the process of shedding players. However, more were expected to follow as the club attempts to get under the salary cap for next season.

"I don't underestimate the enormity of the challenges we face but I do know we have fantastic foundations to build upon, a magnificent club culture and extraordinarily loyal and dedicated supporters," Gauci told ABC News.

"Our players, supporters and employees have shown remarkable resilience and great pride since April, and I will work hard to build on this foundation and win their ongoing support."

Gauci said his first priority was to work with management and the board to ensure the Storm fielded a team next season that was under the salary cap.

"This will involve discussions with many people including Craig Bellamy, team management, the players, the NRL and the board, " Gauci said.

"The process is not as straightforward as many people think, but we are determined to find a solution as quickly as possible."

Source: Xinhua


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