Whaling made president

Eagles director John Whaling with outgoing RFL President Bev Risman at Don Valley Stadium.

Eagles director John Whaling with outgoing RFL President Bev Risman at Don Valley Stadium.

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ director John Whaling has taken over as the President of the Rugby Football League.

He was welcomed into his new role at a meeting of the RFL Council held at Bramall Lane.

“It’s an an enormous honour both for Sheffield Eagles and myself,” said John, from Thorpe Hesley, who was one of a group of people who helped reform Sheffield Eagles after the ill-fated ‘merger’ with Huddersfield Giants in 1999.

He added: “On a selfish level, during my year in office, I would like to raise the profile of rugby league in this city. On a wider scale I want to promote all aspects of rugby league and the charities linked to it.”

It is the second time a member of the Eagles board has held the most senior office in the RFL. In the mid-1990s Kath Hetherington, wife of the Eagles founder Gary, was president.

John takes over as president from Bev Risman who was a guest at the Eagles last home game – the 30-26 win over Barrow Raiders.

The Eagles went into a three-week break on the back of a great second half fightback to beat Barrow, the winning try coming from Quentin Lalulu-Togagae five minutes from time. It keeps the Eagles in fourth place in the Championship, four points ahead of Widnes Vikings.

The Eagles return to action with a run of four away games starting at Leigh Centurions on Sunday, July 24.