The RFL can confirm that Head of Match Officials, Jon Sharp, has left the organisation.
Jon joined the RFL in January 2011, initially as a technical advisor following a career as a player with Hull FC and Featherstone Rovers and as a coach with Great Britain, St Helens, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and Crusaders RL.
RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “We would like to thank Jon for his contribution in what has been an exciting period of transition for the game.
“As a former player and first team coach, Jon brought a fresh perspective to the Match Officials department and has played an important role in the development of the sport’s referees and touch-judges at the elite level.
“Jon leaves with our best wishes.”
Jon Sharp said: “The last three and a half years have been some of the most rewarding of my career and I am pleased that I had the opportunity to work alongside a group of match officials whose professionalism and expertise is world class.
“Just as the sport has made the most of the opportunities that have emerged from the new era, I have no doubt that the Rugby League Match Officials will build on the high standards that we have set.”
Consideration will now be given over the forthcoming weeks to the implications for the department and how the vacated role will be replaced.
Jon Sharp has now become coach at Featherstone