New referees boss Jared Maxwell has vowed to build on the foundations laid this year as he aims to elevate the level of scrutiny on NRL umpires.
Announced in the role on Wednesday, Maxwell said there were "not many other sports worldwide" where officials are under the same scrutiny as the NRL.
NRL football boss Graham Annesley said Jared Maxwell would oversee both elite officiating and bunker operations in 2021. Credit:Mark Kolbe
"No official wants to go out and make errors and we have to provide that leadership for those guys to get through that," he said. "But it's hard not to dwell on it, it's very hard … so we need to put that network around them to get through that as best as we can."
NRL football boss Graham Annesley said Maxwell would oversee both elite officiating and bunker operations in 2021.
"Jared was a leading referee for over a decade, then transitioned into coaching second-tier referees, before being appointed bunker manager last year and becoming a member of the match officials’ appointments committee," he said.
"Jared knows our referees well and the referees know Jared well.
"He understands the game and its clubs, but importantly has some innovative ideas to enhance the way our match officials prepare for a game."
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