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I won't be pulling the strings: Piggins

By Brent Read 09/04/2003 06:57:55 PM Comments (0)

Outgoing South Sydney chairman George Piggins strongly denied he would be pulling the strings in the National Rugby League club's new-look boardroom.

Piggins smoked the peace pipe with incoming chairman Nick Pappas on Tuesday, reaching a compromise that saw his existing board maintain a majority in the new nine-man line-up.

Five current board members - handpicked by Piggins - will join forces with Pappas and three members of his ticket, including Ray Martin and Nick Greiner, to guide the Rabbitohs into the future.

That led to accusations Piggins would retain power at the club despite standing down as chairman and handing over the reins to Pappas.

"I will not have any influence on the board," Piggins said on Channel Ten.

"The board are their own people...and they're not yes people for me. They have their own minds."

The compromise agreement ended nearly a week of acrimony between the rival camps ahead of this weekend's Annual General Meeting.

The new line-up will be ratified officially on Sunday as the only candidates after the three independents were convinced to withdraw.

The compromise was welcomed by coaching staff, players and supporters as life returned to normal at the Redfern club.

The coaching staff were plotting how to beat Wests on Sunday, players were looking forward to taking on the Tigers and supporters were back to discussing who the club should buy next season.

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