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Greater Western Sydney Giants Football Club

Victor P Taffa

The Chairman of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Football Club, Tony Shepherd, today announced the club’s Chief Executive Officer Dale Holmes had resigned.

Mr. Shepherd said he and the GWS Giants Board had been in discussion with Mr. Holmes about the development of the club and Dale’s future role with it.

“Dale has come to the conclusion that it is in his best interests and that of the club for him to move on and the Board has accepted his resignation.” Mr. Shepherd said.

I would like to thank Dale most sincerely for the work he has done to establish the club since joining us in April, 2010. Dale has presided over a team that has built very solid foundations for the club including:

Securing over 11,500 foundation members in 2011.

* Securing the club’s new home ground at Sydney Olympic Park, Skoda Stadium. The NSW Government, Royal Agricultural Society and AFL are jointly funding the project which has a total cost of $70 million.

* Establishing an initial training and administration facility at Blacktown International Sports Park which is ready for the club’s intake of players following the draft and leading into 2012.

* Securing over 130 sponsors and coterie including the club’s major partner, Skoda.

* Establishing a strong working relationship with the ACT Government and community with three home games at Manuka Oval in Canberra for the next 10 years.

* Securing first class accommodation for the club’s players at Breakfast Point in Sydney.

* Signing a number of players including Tom Scully, Callan Ward and Phil Davis and securing 11 of the first 14 selections in next month’s NAB AFL Draft

Mr. Shepherd said after consultation with the AFL, the GWS Board has appointed the AFL’s General Manager, National and International Development, David Matthews as Acting CEO. He will commence his duties with the club in the coming days.

“David is based in Sydney and in the early stages of the club’s development, played a leading role in the signing of Kevin Sheedy as senior coach, the recruitment of Queensland and Australian rugby league representative Israel Folau and the appointment of Graeme Allan as General Manager of Football Operations.”

“He has excellent credentials and the club greatly appreciates the AFL making David available as Acting CEO while we begin to identify a new chief executive to continue the momentum into our first season.” Mr. Shepherd said.

“Establishing a new AFL club to represent Greater Western Sydney is a big challenge and the players we will select at next month’s NAB AFL Draft in Sydney along with those we have already signed will form what we believe will develop into a very competitive team in the AFL competition over the next three to five years.”

“To have 11 of the first 14 selections at next month’s NAB AFL Draft is a wonderful opportunity to secure some of the best young talent in the country as we look forward to our entry into the AFL competition in 2012.”

“We will continue to work with our corporate and community partners to build a club the people of Greater Western Sydney and everyone associated with the game will be proud of for years to come.” Mr. Shepherd said.

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