The Melbourne Renegades have appointed Hawthorn Football Club legend Jason Dunstall as the club’s new Chairman, the club announced today.
Dunstall replaces outgoing Chairman James Brayshaw who will be devoting his time to increasing media commitments over the summer.
Having retired in 1998, Dunstall has served as both interim CEO in 2004 and director on Hawthorn’s Board where he remained until the end of 2013.
Dunstall’s cricket links were established early on when he grew up playing junior cricket in Brisbane before being drafted by Hawthorn in 1985.
“I’ve been involved in sport all my life and I feel extremely privileged to be given this opportunity to be involved in elite sport again with the Melbourne Renegades,” Dunstall said.
“There were lots of reasons which made this role appealing. I love my sport – especially cricket over the summer - and the Big Bash League is just a sensational product. This club and competition has gone from strength to strength in recent years. It’s fast, exciting family entertainment over the summer holidays and as the numbers show, the members and fans agree.”
Dunstall played in four premierships for Hawthorn among many career accolades and played a key role in appointing Alistair Clarkson as senior coach.
“I’ll certainly look to bring what I know from that culture of success into my work with the other directors on the Melbourne Renegades Board. Following the addition of some terrific new players we’re definitely targeting a finals appearance in BBL|05.”
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said Dunstall’s experience would be a valuable asset to draw from.
“Jason’s an established personality in the sporting and media landscape in Melbourne which is obviously beneficial but he also brings fantastic experience from time as both a player and administrator. He knows what it takes for a team to succeed on the field but also what it takes behind the scenes,” Coventry said.
Dunstall’s appointment is the latest in a number of changes for the Melbourne Renegades in the off-season with the club recently appointing David Saker as the new Head Coach and signing all-rounder Cameron White from their cross-town rivals.