Canterbury Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill has reportedly been handed his marching orders from his position at the club.
As first revealed by The Daily Telegraph’s Michael Carayannis, Hill and the Bulldogs have parted ways after the club recorded three victories in the 2020 NRL season.
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Hill was appointed as Bulldogs chief executive in December 2017, and was been a Board Member for NRL Touch Football since December 2019.
Since then he has delivered some big signings in the coaching staff and playing squad as well as helping secure a major sponsor in Laundy Hotels.
But the SMH reported that Hill was informed on Monday night that he would no longer be required at the club and would finish up in the role at close of business on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying Hill had “resigned from his position as CEO of the Bulldogs”.
Bulldogs chairman John Khoury paid tribute to the executive.
“Andrew Hill has made a significant contribution to the Bulldogs over the past three years.
He has strengthened all areas of the club and will leave us in a strong position for a new CEO to take over,” he said in a statement.
“We are appreciative of his professionalism in signalling this early enough for us to find a replacement in time for the start of the season.”
Andrew Hill added: “I have enjoyed my time at the Bulldogs and after three years of service in the role the time is now right to look at my next challenge.
I wish the club and team every success for the future.”
Current Chief Financial Officer John White will fill the role of interim CEO in the meantime.
Since their season ended in September, Canterbury has worked on rebuilding their roster by securing the signatures of Kyle Flanagan, Nick Cotric and Jack Hetherington.
Last month, State of Origin superstar Josh Addo-Carr has signed a four-year deal with the Bulldogs, reportedly valued at $2 million.
Then on Monday, Canterbury signed talented back Corey Allan on a three-year contract.
“With what we believe has been an excellent off-season in terms of adding quality to our playing group, Corey’s signing is another great step forward in regard to what we are building here at Belmore,” Hill said in a statement.
“By adding a State of Origin player to our squad and someone who has the potential to continue to grow as a footballer, we believe it is a major positive for our club and fantastic news for our members and fans.”
The Bulldogs have also brought in Trent Barrett as the club’s new coach and former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as high performance consultant.
SMH NRL reporter Andrew Webster tweeted: “I feel sorry for Andrew Hill. Three boards in three years, leagues club fighting with football club the whole time. Things start to turn and he gets shuffled out the door. Funny game, rugby league.”