“I love the game. I have loved the game since I was a little boy. I’ll continue to be its greatest fan. As will my family. We’ll watch all the games. We’ve loved it. As I said, it’s been a fantastic journey. We’ve met great people. And I walk away being a great fan of rugby league and that will always continue.
“I hope to see that prosper in years to come.”
Greenberg’s future had been under a cloud for several months and his fate was sealed on Monday after a meeting with Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys at his Racing NSW office.
Confidence in Greenberg had eroded with a number of NRL clubs and he was thought to be the target of a stinging attack from broadcaster Nine, the publisher of this masthead, when it accused the code of years of financial mismanagement and boasting a “bloated head office”.
Greenberg had been frozen out of delicate broadcast talks with Nine, forcing V’landys to assume a hands-on rule during the COVID-19 crisis.
“I’ve said this on a number of occasions to you and others, it’s not a popularity contest,” Greenberg said.
Ultimately sport’s a tough industry and rugby league is no different. It’s brutal on the field and brutal off it.
“It’s been a hell of a journey. We”ve loved it, my family and I. We’ve made lifelong friendships. My wife and I have travelled the world and seen and met people we never thought we would meet.
“The number of messages we’ve received in the last 48 hours has been mind blowing. It’s been a great journey.
“Ultimately sport’s a tough industry and rugby league is no different. It’s brutal on the field and brutal off it.
“But that’s OK, I’ve had a great ride.
“There’s another chapter for me. But I will have a good rest before I even think about that.”
The NRL’s chief commercial officer Andrew Abdo has been elevated to interim chief executive.
Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.