Blake Solly will leave his position as Super League general manager to take over as chief executive of South Sydney Rabbitohs. The one-time lawyer, who has been Super League general manager since 2014, will begin his role at the Rabbitohs on May 17 and the search for his replacement begins immediately.The decision to leave was extremely difficult but this is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the best clubs in rugby league, said Solly, who began his career with the Rugby Football League seven years ago. South Sydney Rabbitohs are a powerhouse on and off the field, the most successful club in NRL history with a passionate fan base and extremely strong board. Sam Burgess, one of the South Sydney Rabbitohs stars It will be tough to leave a great group of people at the RFL and Super League and I would like to thank the staff, clubs and fans for their support.The competition is in great shape, and in a strong position to grow quickly in the coming years. However, the time is right to return with my family to Australia after over 11 years in the United Kingdom.I would also like to express my appreciation to the RFL for allowing me to begin work at South Sydney in May.Commenting on the appointment, Rabbitohs chairman Nicholas Pappas said: Were delighted to be bringing someone of Blakes calibre to our club as CEO.His experience in managing one of the codes largest professional bodies internationally, coupled with his background in the legal profession, is a perfect mix for our club. Rabbitohs celebrate winning the 2015 World Club Challenge Blake will fit well into our new structure here at South Sydney, managing the commercial and administrative arms of the business and working closely alongside our general manager of football, Shane Richardson, to ensure our club continues its rise 10 years after private investment.The RFLs marketing director Mark Foster, who has been with the governing body for four years, will take on Sollys role while the search is on for a successor.RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: Blake has been an excellent general manager for the First Utility Super League and we are all, of course, naturally disappointed that he is leaving to return to Australia.Over the last couple of years Blake has contributed an incredible amount to the RFL and in ensuring that the First Utility Super League remains the premier sports league of the British summer. We wish him all the best in his new role. 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But despite Ferraris early-season concerns, Raikkonen, who finished second in Bahrain, is pleased with the SF16-Hs competitiveness - although acknowledges the cars reliability must improve.We are still positive with what the team has built over the winter, it hasnt changed, said Raikkonen in the Drivers Press Conference ahead of the Chinese GP. Natalie Pinkham is joined by former McLaren driver John Watson and F1 historian and author Roger Smith to preview the Chinese Grand Prix It hasnt been an ideal first two races as a team - weve had two podiums but two non-finishes, and thats not what we want.Obviously there is quite a bit of worrk to be done on that side, but the speed is there.dddddddddddd. Its not in qualifying exactly if you take the last race, but until then it was pretty okay. We just have to improve it and make it even better. When is the Chinese GP on Sky? All the broadcast times you need for this weekends exclusively live race. 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