Sports Management Giant Esportif Launches In Australia
The biggest rugby player agency in the world is looking to grow its global representation, announcing a new partnership with Australia’s Komodo Management Group (KMG).
Esportif, who currently have 90 international rugby stars on their roster, is based in London, with offices in South Africa, Japan, France, New Zealand and will now enter the Australian market for the first time.
The new partnership will see KMG’s book of 70 rugby league (NRL) and rugby union (Super Rugby) players have complete access to all international offices, having the ability to secure lucrative deals with European, France or Japenese clubs.
KMG Founder and Owner Daniel O’Loughlin will head up Australian operations alongside Queensland-based accredited rugby league and union agent Nash Dawson, as well as an experienced rugby agent – name to be released in coming weeks.
With the NRL recently implementing a new accredited agent scheme to help lift the standards of agents working across the game, Esportif’s timing to secure a foothold within rugby league is perfect.
Gold Coast Titans captain, Ryan James and Melbourne Storm star, Sulisai Vunivalu, have already made the switch over to Esportif.
KMG’s owner, Daniel O’Loughlin, denies the move is to poach league stars and take them to union, but to offer his clients a bigger support network and to provide a higher level of service.
“We are able to provide a turnkey solution for our client’s that other agencies will struggle to match,” he said.
“If an athlete wants to play in France or Japan, they will receive the same level of service as they do in Australia, but just from a different office.
“We want the best players on our books and we intend on increasing market share within the NRL and growing our client base across rugby league,” he said.