Robert Hicks is seemingly taking to his new role like a duck to water.
Hicks was appointed the Rugby Football League’s Director of Operations and Legal back in October and it looks like he is getting stuck in immediately.
The 40-year-old’s primary focus will now be on the Operations and Legal role after stepping down as a full-time referee at the same time – although he will continue as a part-time official, with a focus on offering support to developing young talent.
And, Hicks has taken to social media to broadcast an update about what he is currently doing in a bid to change the game.
Hicks stated: “Excellent morning with people from various parts of the community game. Agreeing on a number of key points. We now have to change the culture for the better. Today will see action.”
It’s a defiant and positive statement from the official who has been one of the top full-time referees in the past decade as he attempts to influence a change in culture in rugby league.
Hicks has been part of the full-time system since 2011, marking a decade at the highest level.
Excellent morning with people from various parts of the community game. Agreeing on a number of key points. We now have to change the culture for the better. Today will see action
— Rob Hicks (@Rob_hicks81) November 6, 2021