Barry Russell, who famously won the 1988 Rothmans Medal during his playing days with the Cronulla Sharks, is set to be announced as the club’s new chief executive later on Thursday.
Russell takes over in the CEO seat from Lyall Gorman, who ended his three years at the helm in November by linking with the Manly Sea Eagles.
Russell was an award-winning halfback who enjoyed seven years at the Sharks (1985-1991), playing 76 first-grade games.
He claimed the Rothmans Medal in 1988 in one of the biggest surprise in the best-and-fairest award’s history from his heavily favoured teammate Gavin Miller.
Russell was part of the unheralded Cronulla team which won the minor premiership but were knocked out of the playoffs in the preliminary final by the Balmain Tigers.
The former playmaker has enjoyed a successful career in the corporate world over the past two decades.