David Oxley has been elected President of the Rugby Football League – 21 years after he retired as its Chief Executive.
The 76 year old - who worked for the RFL between 1974 and 1992 - succeeds Jim Hartley, and will hold the honorary position for 12 months.
“I have achieved many things during my lifetime in sport but nothing could surpass the possibility that come November 30 I will be at Old Trafford as RFL President to see England captain Kevin Sinfield lift the Rugby League World Cup,” he said.
Bradford Bulls' Honorary Chairman Gerry Sutcliffe has welcomed today's announcement that the club's future in the Super League has been secured for the next year. He also said the club planned to announce a successor to Mick Potter, who has announced his departure, on Monday.
Rugby League's governing body has awarded a one-year probationary licence to Bradford Bulls, allowing them to remain in the Super League for 2013.
The Rugby Football League's decision ends the uncertainty about the structure of both Super League and the Championship competitions.
RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said:
"This is a very positive development which provides stability for all the clubs in Super League and the Championship and allows the sport to approach next season with even greater confidence,