NZRL confirms Phil Holden's resignation as CEO

New Zealand Rugby League has confirmed Phil Holden has resigned as the CEO.

According to a statement released this morning, Holden tendered his resignation due to wanting to put his family ahead of his career.

Holden says his role as CEO was a dream job for him and something he aspired to.

“It has been everything I expected and more, but I also have a young family that I want to give more of my attention and energy to. As a family, we now have a great opportunity to make a lifestyle choice that will set us up as our girls get older and beyond.”

Te Kāea was informed last night of Holden’s resignation and a former employee also claimed he had been on “thin ice” since Tuesday.

However the NZRL statement did not outline any concerns over his role and spoke highly of the outgoing CEO and said his values based approach had moved rugby league to the next level.

It also outlined that Holden and his staff grappled with developing the sport at a grassroots level and preparing players for potential careers.

According to NZRL Chair, Garry Fissenden, “One of Phil’s biggest contributions during his time has been strengthening our relationship with zone boards, where he drsamatically lifted communications and engagement.”

The NZRL Board has appointed chief financial officer Alex Hayton as interim CEO while the role is advertised publicly.