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A group of 10 businessmen, consisting of mostly Canadians and an Australian mining millionaire David Argyle, own the club, having paid around $500,000 to be granted admission to the rugby league. Mr Argyle accused the government of refusing to enforce the rules of its aid agreement with Nauru. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Widnes fans have reacted angrily to the rumours but if no other bids are made for the club, they may have no option but to watch Argyle take control of … The man who wants to transform sport in this country is not a Russian oligarch, a billionaire sheik or a brash barrow boy done good. In that scenario, the Storm will be at least 85 per cent owned by Melbourne businessmen and led by chief executive, Dave Donaghy, who has remained loyal to the Storm despite the interest of other NRL clubs.

Considering Cameron Smith earns $1m a season, including sponsorships, outlays of the Sonny Bill magnitude would raise eyebrows with even the richest owners of Australian football clubs. The incident is another embarrassment for the game's youngest professional club, who revealed on Tuesday that one of their players, Australian prop Darcy Lussick, had been refused re-entry into the country by the UK Border Agency. A relationship between the Storm and the Wolfpack would allow an international exchange of players and coaching know-how, as well as the guaranteed capitalisation of both clubs and accelerate Argyle's push into the United States where he has long harboured the ambition of establishing a rugby league team. "I have never felt so little in my life and can't believe that people can still have such a racist mind," Kenga said on his Twitter account.

", Matt Tripp is expected to become Melbourne's new chair.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui. "But it's only half a minute of vision missing," the video man protested. Should Argyle join the consortium, Tripp, Campbell and Ryan would each surrender a fifth of their individual equity to him, meaning Argyle would own 15 per cent, leaving four owners with 20 per cent each.

Argyle signed dual international Sonny Bill Williams to a two-year contract reportedly worth $10m, an extravagant outlay for a 34-year-old player who came off the bench for the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup last year. ", Please read and share!⬇️⬇️ @TheRFL @TOwolfpack @Swinton_Lions David Argyle, a 53-year-old mining investor, has accused the Abbott government of ignoring the plight of those owed money by the Nauru government for fear of upsetting its offshore processing deal. Another Melbourne businessman, Brett Ralph, who owns the 1,000-vehicle transport company Jet Couriers with his brother Shaun, will take 20 per cent. Online wagering pioneer Matt Tripp is expected to be the new chair of the 23-year-old club which is preparing for the eventual retirements of coach Craig Bellamy and captain Cameron Smith. The Australian government is claiming it has no knowledge of the issue. Very large text size Melbourne Storm has radically changed its ownership structure, with majority shareholder Bart Campbell halving his stake and negotiations opening with David Argyle, the billionaire mining magnate owner of the Toronto Wolfpack, to take a share.
The Ralph brothers, whose Jet Couriers have branches in Australian capital cities, as well as Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Houston and Auckland, also own the Melbourne Aces baseball team. He recently called the Storm's video man at 10.30pm complaining about 30 seconds of missing vision of a game. Ryan, with interests in hotels, theatre productions, wineries, a Tour de France cycling team, racehorses, as well as founding Jayco, is estimated to be worth $500 million but is time poor and is relieved Tripp will take a more active role.