The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Netball New Zealand CEO Raelene Castle has emerged as a leading contender to take over the reins at the Canterbury Bulldogs National Rugby League club.
If successful Castle would be the first female chief executive at an NRL club.
The Bulldogs are down to a handful of candidates for the role to replace outgoing boss Todd Greenberg with Castle, Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan and Rugby Union Players' Association CEO Greg Harris also believed to be in contention.
Castle has vast experience in the corporate and sporting worlds and as the boss of netball in New Zealand since 2007 is considered the most influential woman in New Zealand sport.
Earlier this year, she labelled the Australian market ''chauvinistic'' as she battled to seal a broadcast partner for netball's ANZ Championship.