Last week former Australian and Queensland State of Origin representative Greg Dowling resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Pride.
Sources close to the Pride football department have confirmed to NothingButLeague that there were widespread concern within Pride management over Dowling’s operational style. He was known to negotiate contracts with players and agree terms verbally. It is understood that when players sat down to sign their written contracts key terms, such as the length of the contract, would be different than what had been agreed verbally. Players, families or managers who questioned the terms of contracts were told to sign the contract as it was written or look elsewhere.
Dowling had only been in the role since 2016 but had made a strong impression in his time at the helm of the Pride.
One former Intrust Super Cup coach said that Dowling had always been ‘hard to deal with’.
There has been no official statement from the Northern Pride club.
The Pride are currently sitting third on the Intrust Super Cup ladder and facing a tough away in PNG this afternoon.