Weber on board with the Raiders
He helped them find the cash to keep Josh Dugan, now Terry Weber wants to help the Canberra Raiders take full advantage of the game's greater riches after joining the club's board.
A senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Weber has spent the past 18 months on the ACT Brumbies board. But after watching them return as a Super Rugby force, Weber felt the time was right to take on another challenge.
Weber's first passion is rugby league, and he has a long history with the Raiders after helping several Canberra players, including coach David Furner, negotiate their Super League contracts 15 years ago.
''I'm passionate for the Brumbies and the Raiders, just like any other Canberran, but my heart and history has always been with rugby league and the Raiders in particular,'' Weber said.
''I was involved with Super League 15 years ago and looked after a lot of the players like Ricky Stuart and Steve Walters, I did a lot of their financial work and contract negotiations during that time especially.
''The Brumbies are in probably the best position they've been in a long time, so I felt comfortable resigning and taking a position with the Raiders.''
Last year Weber helped the Raiders attract sufficient third-party sponsors to keep star fullback Dugan, who signed a two-year, $1.3 million deal until the end of next year.
The injection of more financial nous on the board is timely, with the Raiders harbouring plans to demolish the Braddon Club and build a multimillion-dollar retail and apartment complex on the site.
''It's my first time on the board,'' Weber said, ''but I've certainly been behind the scenes … I helped out a little while ago with Josh Dugan; it was on a strict professional basis and that's why I felt very comfortable with it all. It's a very strong board and I feel I can … add to that.''