INCOMING Sea Eagles chief executive officer Tim Cleary has declared an upgrade of Brookvale Oval will be “at the forefront of his mind” when he officially takes over the role in December. The principal of St Augustine’s College replaces Joe Kelly, who departs after two years in the hot seat. “I can’t wait to start, it will be a fantastic challenge,’’ Mr Cleary told the Manly Daily. “After 15 years as headmaster (at St Augustine’s) I felt it was time for a change. “I have been on the Brookvale Oval committee for a number of years and I want to see the facility upgraded to a level where it should be as a thriving NRL club. “We have the money ready to go from the State and Federal governments. My aim is to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.” Manly-based Mr Cleary prides himself on his “can- do” attitude and is confident he can tinker with what needs to be addressed at the club. “The Sea Eagles are an iconic brand and that needs to remain filtering from first grade through to our junior league,’’ he said. “Previously, I have had nothing but admiration for the club and their winning culture. “There is an exciting future at Manly and we also have the opportunity to create a centre of excellence at Narrabeen. “I am looking forward to helping the Sea Eagles prosper on and off the field.” Club chairman Scott Penn said he had no doubt Mr Cleary was the perfect candidate to succeed Mr Kelly. “He has strong commercial experience, is an outstanding communicator and is an expert at stakeholder management,’’ he said. “Tim is also well known in the community and his tremendous development experience with the expansion of the St Augustine’s campus will be pivotal over the next few years.” Mr Penn paid tribute to the departing Mr Kelly, who had worked “tirelessly” for the club for two years. Mr Cleary will join the Sea Eagles during a difficult time for the club. This season they have had to deal with match-fixing implications, sponsorship dramas and a below-par 13th place finish.