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.