KEN Davy, the 79-year-old owner and president of Huddersfield Giants, has been named interim Super League chairman two days before the new season kicks off.
Davy steps into the breach left by Robert Elstone, who departed the Northern Hemisphere competition a fortnight ago.
The businessman has been in his role as Giants chairman for as long as Super League has been running, having started in January 1996. He will step down from his club duties for the duration of his new post.
“I am looking forward to working with the Super League executive, the Betfred Super League clubs and the RFL to create a lasting framework which will enable us to unleash the energy and excitement of Betfred Super League, as well as the whole sport of rugby league,” Davy said in a statement.
“We have tremendous relationships with our broadcast partners, Sky Sports and BBC Sport, our commercial partners, including title partner Betfred, and of course all the fans across the game.
“This Autumn this country has the exciting prospect of hosting the Rugby League World Cup, which creates a great opportunity to share Rugby League with a wider audience.”
“By working together, I believe we can create opportunities to grow the game and our support for the benefit of all concerned.”
Davy will take media questions during a Thursday morning online media conference.