By Les Muir

ONE of the most important figures in the Group Nine hierarchy has made the shock decision to stand down.

Group Nine operations manager Peter Ryan revealed on Thursday he would not be continuing in the important role beyond this season.

In a blow to the smooth and seamless administrative function of Group Nine, Ryan said he would be resigning the position at the annual general meeting in October.

“This is going to be my last year,” Ryan said.

“I’ve had enough ... I’m out.”

Taking over on a full-time basis when long-serving Warren Barclay stepped aside, Ryan has been in the critical leadership job for three years.

“I will see out the term,” he said.

“I won’t leave beforehand.”

The loss of Ryan’s acumen will be a body blow to Group Nine as the organisation battles through tough times for rugby league in the bush.

However, Ryan intends to retain his close ties to Southcity and will not be entirely lost to the sport.

“I’ll talk to Southcity about what I might be able to do,” he said.

“I suppose I could look at secretary or something else.”

For Group Nine president Jack Morton, the resignation of Ryan will leave a gaping hole on the executive and potentially cause massive disruption.

Ryan’s imminent departure could be mirrored by other prominent officials who are debating their future with Group Nine.

Significantly, Ryan also left the door open for a second-coming for a spot on the Group Nine board.

“Maybe in a couple of years,” he said.


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