Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey has unequivocally ruled out making a second tilt at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs board of directors in February 2020 after several months of speculation.
“I don't have any intentions or plans to run for the board at the next Bulldogs AGM. It's simply not on the cards,” Mr Brailey said.
“Since the election of the Reform team in 2018, substantial progress has been made in relation to the important nexus between the Bulldogs and Back to Belmore. The dialogue between the two entities has intensified and flourished to build greater mutual confidence to resolve outstanding issues from the previous board to deal with the serious challenges facing Belmore Sports Ground's future as a top-class sporting facility.”
Several high-profile candidates are now believed to be gearing up to contest seats on the Bulldogs' seven-member board of directors.
A spokesperson for the Back to Belmore committee suggested that the organisation's decision-making body would seriously consider writing to Bulldogs voting members next month to endorse candidates for the board of directors who genuinely seek to enhance the relationship with Back to Belmore and promote the advancement of Belmore Sports Ground in a collaborative and cohesive manner.
“A letter to Bulldogs voting members endorsing candidates for the board is definitely an option. It has proven very persuasive in previous years and the Back to Belmore brand still wields a large amount of influence over the voting base. It is something that we take very seriously, and we will wait and see who throws their hat in the ring. However, it behoves potential candidates for the Bulldogs board of directors to articulate a compelling sales pitch to the Back to Belmore executive committee and convince the peak body for advocating the preservation and restoration of Belmore Sports Ground that they would be able to manage the important relationship between our organisation and the historic venue's primary occupant – a very high bar in itself – but they will get a fair hearing regardless,” the spokesperson said.
“Bulldogs Chair Lynne Anderson and the board she leads have started to produce the necessary remedies to get the relationship between the football club and Back to Belmore in a position far better than it has ever been since our inception in 2005. The NSW Government has committed $2 billion to upgrading sporting venues in Sydney and the executive committee rightly expects to see a new business case for Belmore Sports Ground in the next 24 months but we finally have a Bulldogs board that works in unison with Back to Belmore and treats the organisation as a partner rather than an obstacle.”
Nominations for positions on the Bulldogs board close at 5pm on Saturday, 30 November.