As a result of the NRL’s suspension of the 2020 season, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys today stood down the majority of its football and administrative staff. There remains a skeleton staff to oversee administrative responsibilities during the period of suspension.
Chief Executive Officer Jeff Reibel said today was a very difficult one for the club.
“It was with a heavy heart that we talked with our people today about the decisions which were necessary to ensure the club’s survival of this unprecedented disruption to our 2020 season,” he said.
“It was excruciatingly difficult to let our people know through no fault of their own and in spite of the incredible talent they share with our club on a daily basis, that their positions were stood down.
Chairman Lewis Ramsay thanked the club’s staff for their commitment to the club.
“Our people have worked so diligently and selflessly for many months to prepare for our 2020 season and on behalf of the Board I would like to express how grateful the club is for the personal and professional contributions and sacrifices they have made,” he said.
“While the length of the season’s suspension is unknown, the club’s determination to return people to their roles as soon as possible remains steadfast.”
Head Coach Paul Green assured members, fans and partners that the football team are committed to returning to the field in the best possible competitive shape.
“While it’s disappointing we cannot currently carry on with our season, we understand there are greater concerns for the community and the safety of our staff and players is paramount,” he said.
“Whilst we will take this opportunity to freshen up, our team will continue to train and keep themselves in good shape. Rest assured that when the season recommences, we will be fit and raring to go.”