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The seven Independent Commissioners of the Australian Rugby League have pledged their unanimous and resolute support for Chairman John Grant. 

The Commissioners said the clubs were within their rights to call a General Meeting to test support for the Chairman. 

The ARL Commission will hold a General Meeting on 20 December 2016 to put the resolution to all members.

"But it is highly disappointing that they have taken this course of action given John's unwavering commitment to the game over the last five years," the Commissioners said. 

"John's appointment as inaugural Chair recognised his qualities as a successful business man, who as a former Kangaroo, was ideally suited to take the game forward.   He has since undertaken his role without bias and with the best interests of the game as his priority at all times. 

"The Commission has an obligation to do what is right for the whole of game, not only for the elite game but also for grassroots, the women's game, participation and our digital future – and that is what we have sought to achieve. 

"We unanimously and resolutely support John and believe it is in the best interests of the game for him to remain as Chair."

The Commissioners said the only way of reaching agreement on club funding was for all parties to reconvene and work out a solution. 

"We would urge the clubs to accept our invitation to engage in open dialogue at the earliest opportunity," they said.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.