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Hughes distances himself from CEO move

By Steve Jancetic 17/02/2008 10:49:01 PM Comments (0)

He may have missed out on a seat on the board, but Bulldogs members don't think they've seen the last of Graeme Hughes.

Hughes's ticket seized control of the club on Sunday, winning five seats on the nine-man board at the annual general meeting.

But former Bulldog backrower Hughes was not among the quintet.

He claims his bid for election was scuttled by comments from chairman George Peponis, who said he would not be able to work alongside his former teammate.

But with his cohorts now holding a majority, some of the club's members believe Hughes could be positioning himself to take over from chief executive Malcolm Noad, whose position appears untenable under the new board.

"That was the strategy all along, he was No.7 on the ticket, I don't think he was really interested in getting on (the board) himself," claimed voting member Clayton Drury.

Asked if he thought Noad's position was in danger, Drury said: "Yes it is and I think that's what Graeme is looking at."

Hughes distanced himself from suggestions he could still have a role at the club.

"That's not up to me," he said.

"I'm involved with my radio show commitments at the moment and I'm involved with my wife and partners in an event management company."

While a little murky on his immediate future, Hughes left no-one in any doubt as to the reasons for his non-election, pointing the finger squarely at Peponis.

"I'm disappointed in that, for a chairman to use his position for that," Hughes said.

"There are a lot of things that I could have said that I held back at the time because I did look forward to working with George.

"I can only hope that his judgement in those areas as he takes the club forward certainly provides strong and better leadership for the club.

"He obviously made the right speeches today to talk about bringing the club together - I'm more than happy to work with doing that."

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