Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Football Club Board Member, Chris Anderson has decided to step down from his position with immediate effect to focus on his business interests.
Anderson has been a member of the current Board since February 2018, following on from a distinguished playing and coaching career in the game.
In citing his reasons for stepping down, Anderson felt that the club was currently in a really good place and one that allowed him to make this decision with confidence:
“I just feel as though the time is now right for me to step down from the Board and focus all my energies on my business. With the appointment of Steve Price, working in conjunction with Andrew Hill and Dean Pay, I feel as though the club is in a great place regarding both football experience and senior leadership. We have made some important changes that will support the coach and the team to get us back to where the Bulldogs belong”
Anderson will step down having been the Chair of a Football Committee that has overseen in the past 18 months :
- A successful salary cap review resulting in the club being able to secure players of the calibre of Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Joe Stimson and Dean Britt.
- The development of a Strategic Plan aimed at returning the Bulldogs to being a flagship club in the NRL.
- The securing of a strategic agreement with Country Rugby League to form a partnership with the Mid North Coast and Greater Northern Region aimed at providing development opportunities and resources in those areas.
- The internal re-structure of the Bulldogs Football Department, including the appointment of several key personnel
Deputy Chairman John Ballesty paid tribute to Anderson’s input at the club:
‘Chris has brought tremendous knowledge and football nous to our Board discussions and has been a vital part of the transition the Board went through since taking over. He has played an enormously valuable role in the re-building of this football club. He has now chosen to stand down to focus on other interests and we respect that.”
“The Board has chosen to respect Members feedback and not replace either Steve Price or Chris Anderson in the lead-in to the next elections which are only five months away. We will allow our members to voice their opinion on the people to step in at that time.”
“What we know is that since the announcement of Steve Price stepping down, we have had several enquiries from interested parties in regard to joining the Board. We are thrilled that such high calibre candidates want to be a part of what we are building here in regards to the future of the club. While this year has not been easy, it will prove to be vital in laying a foundation to help achieve success in the future. Our players and coaching staff have shown true character and the traditional Bulldogs spirit to fight back from a slow start this season and with the guidance of an outstanding off-field leadership team, we are extremely excited about creating the next chapter in this proud club’s history.”