Ken Davy steps down from Super League role

Ken Davy Credit: Alamy
Ken Davy Credit: Alamy

Ken Davy has stepped down from his role as interim chair of Super League. 

He was appointed as interim chair in 2021, filling the void created by the departure of Robert Elstone. 

He has overseen the involvement of IMG, who agreed to a 12-year strategic partnership with the sport, and the formation of RL Commercial.  

Davy said: “It is difficult to overstate the importance to rugby league of the realignment and the new joint venture. By bringing all the sport’s assets into one place, it will be far more effective to work with our TV and commercial partners, whilst for the first time ever, we have agreed an overall split of income across the whole sport.

“Going forward, every pound of income will be shared throughout the sport, ensuring that the whole of the rugby league family will benefit from every extra pound generated, meaning we all have a vested interest in its success.

“Two years ago it was difficult to see a way forward; now there is an incredible amount of optimism within both Super League and the sport.

“The fact that virtually every change has also received unanimous support speaks volumes for the positive attitude that all the clubs have demonstrated.

“Of course, there are still major challenges to face, of which the economic environment and finances are uppermost. Nonetheless we have established a framework for Super League and the whole sport which gives everyone the opportunity to succeed and prosper.

“It has undoubtedly taken longer than was originally envisaged however as I step down from the chair, I think we can safely say ‘Job Done’.”

Simon Johnson, the RFL chair who is also a member of the RL Commercial Board, added: “The sport owes a debt of gratitude to Ken Davy for the part he has played in the realignment process over the last two years.

“A number of us have been immersed in complex contractual issues, all working towards change we believed necessary for the sport to enjoy the bright future it deserves. Ken’s role as Interim Chair of Super League Europe has been pivotal in that process, and I thank him for his selfless and dedicated contribution.”

Davy is the longest serving Super League chairman, having been at the Giants since 1996.

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