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“The important thing is that before you kick a ball in 2018, you’ve got to know what the consequences are. The next club meetings are in February and I can’t imagine it will go beyond that,” he said.
One matter on which Wood was far less clear, however, was his own future. Speculation is rife within the sport that after 10 years as the RFL chief executive, he may leave to take the soon-to-be-vacated role as chief executive officer of the Rugby League International Federation when David Collier departs in May.
When asked if he had applied for the role, he said: “That’s not a fair question to ask. David does a terrific job.”
Wood was then reminded that Collier has agreed to step down. “That’s his decision,” he said. “I’m a great supporter of international rugby but I don’t think I should say any more than that.”