But if V’landys came calling, White appears among the frontrunners for the NRL post, although there may be some resistance from the game’s Sydney powerbrokers and those who want an independent CEO rather than someone from a club.
“It’s not a role I’ve ever coveted and I think you know me well enough to know that. My focus is very much on the Broncos. With where the club is at the moment, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. I want to leave the club in good shape and my focus is the Broncos,” White said on Tuesday.
“I’ve said to my chairman and board that I’ll be here for as long as it takes to see us through the other side. To be honest, under Peter’s leadership, he’s appointed Andrew Abdo in an interim role, they are a long way from contemplating a recruitment process for a new CEO.
“There is so much work that will need to be done in terms of consolidation of this season, reviewing the CBA, the football department cap; there is a hell of a lot of work the game has to do and that has to come first before people put their head up and think about what comes next.”
White has led the publicly listed Broncos, is a strong communicator on the game’s issues and is well respected by his peers at other clubs. Despite playing down the idea, a move to head office represents the logical next step in his career.
He said he didn’t expect the NRL to consider the formal process in the near future given the challenges still to be cleared. The survival of the game should be everyone’s focus, he said.
“I don’t think it’s a job you apply for … if someone thinks you are good enough to do it, someone reaches out to you. It’s not something that demands a CV into someone’s in-tray,” White said.
“People have had a fair line of sight over me. As I said, it’s not a role I’ve ever coveted so I don’t want you to go off and write a back page on me. It’s not about me at the moment, it’s about the survival of our game.”
White was allowed to front the media on Tuesday as he remains outside the club’s biosecurity bubble of 50 personnel. He said he expected the game to look substantially different from this season on and wants a decision on the broadcast deal, which has yet to be completed for the rest of the 2020 campaign.