Panthers CEO Warren Wilson has quit the club just two weeks out from the start of the National Rugby League (NRL) season.
Mr Wilson has cited personal circumstances as to why he’s stepping down.
The former TAB boss has been linked to the vacant CEO job at the NRL but the Weekender understands he is not leaving the club to take up that role.
The Panthers issued a brief statement just after 1pm today, confirming that Mr Wilson had tendered his resignation effective 12pm Thursday.
The resignation is the latest in a long list of executives who have left the Panthers in the past 12 to 18 months.
Football CEO Justin Pascoe, Chairman Don Feltis, marketing guru Anthony Frantzis and head coach Ivan Cleary all parted way with the Panthers last year.
Long-time executive Sue McNeill also departed the club.
But Wilson is by far the biggest departure – he is credited, along with Phil Gould, for bringing the club out of the dangerous financial position it found itself in a few years ago.
In 2015, Wilson was honoured on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The Panthers Board will convene next week to discuss a replacement.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.