DESPITE a very public debate that has at times become personal, Brett Kenny says he and his three fellow incoming Parramatta Football Club board members do not have a "big problem" with Parramatta Leagues Club supremo Denis Fitzgerald.
Those in the lead roles were focused on unity after yesterday’s vote for the football club board, playing down the verbal stoushing during the lead-up.
"No more in-fighting or public brawling, that’s what we’re looking to do," Kenny said. "You want everyone going in the same direction. At the end of the day, what we’re looking to do is have the club become very successful again.
"We [the new football club board and Fitzgerald] had a short meeting after the general meeting, and it was very good, there wasn’t a problem there. We all spoke about what was put in the papers, and we all realised there was a lot of paper talk involved and now we have to go in the same direction …
"A lot of people don’t get on well in various companies, but when it comes down to making a decision for that company, you put your personalities aside, and that’s what we’ll be looking to do."
Fitzgerald said he was not surprised by the result, and urged all parties to "accept that decision, move on and work together for the betterment of Parramatta". "We had a meeting and I congratulated the board members," he said. "I’ve worked with those four guys before, three as players, and know them well and I’m sure we can work with them. I’d like to see a stop to any negative coverage the club may be getting. There had been a couple of the board members in Ray Price and Brett Kenny who had been very critical … but now they are on the inside, I’d like to think that’ll be over."