Didn't see this coming. DAVE Smith has quit after a tumultuous three years as the boss of the National Rugby League. The Daily Telegraph can reveal he was scheduled to inform staff at League Central headquarters and the game’s key stake holders at 10am today that he would be stepping down from the chief executive officer’s role. NRL chairman John Grant will take over Smith’s responsibilities as interim CEO. The independent commission will under take a world wide recruitment search to identify a new leader before the start of next season. The breakdown in broadcast rights negotiations and an unsettled relationship with NRL clubs was believed to be the pivotal reasons behind his decision to leave. Smith only recently told the Daily Telegraph that he had no plans to quit but pressure over his failure to complete a $1.7 billion TV and digital broadcast rights deal forced him out. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp...utm_source=TelegraphSport&utm_medium=Facebook Apologies, title obviously meant to read David Smith quits, not his doppleganger Davis Mith.