ARLC chairman Peter Beattie has confirmed he will end his tenure before the start of the 2020 season, endorsing current commissioner Peter V'Landys as his replacement.
Beattie told fellow commissioners of his decision during Wednesday's meeting that he will not be re-nominating for chair when his two-year term expires.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Beattie said he believes V'Landys "has the numbers" to succeed him in next year's vote, and pushed the Racing NSW chief executive as the ideal candidate to handle the NRL's next broadcast negotiations beyond the current deals that expire in 2022.
"There's a very simple reason," Beattie said of his decision to stand down.
"In my view Peter V'Landys will be a better chairman. You need good people at the top I'm getting old, I'm 66, I'll be 67 in November.
"You need a younger person who can get into the media rights deals that will happen over the next few years, I just think Peter is better equipped to do the job."
Beattie reaffirmed his bid to scrap the "stupid" ARLC rule that prevents any person being elected to the commission if they have been involved with an NRL club in the past three years.