Broncos find new stablemate for Cup

CENTRAL Queensland's "Baby Broncos" will saddle up for a new club in next year's Queensland Wizard Cup.

The Broncos found a new stablemate yesterday after feeder-club the Toowoomba Clydesdales dropped out of the 2007 Wizard Cup due to financial problems.

The Broncos have formed a new alliance with Aspley Football Club in Brisbane's north, who plan to play in next season's competition as the Aspley Broncos.

"We are extremely grateful to Aspley for stepping in at this late hour to help the void created by the withdrawal of the Clydesdales," Broncos managing director Bruno Cullen said.

The move is pending the approval of the Queensland Rugby League board, which will consider it tomorrow.

If given the thumbs up, the Aspley Broncos will play in teal, maroon and gold colours and be coached by Mark Gee, who guided the Clydesdales to a minor premiership and grand final loss to Redcliffe in 2006.

The new side could include former Rockhampton players Jamie Simpson, Nick Kenny, Ian Lacey and Dave Taylor.

Kenny captained the Clydesdales in this year's grand final loss to Redcliffe.

Despite another $50,000 injection from the Broncos this week, the Clydesdales said they were still $100,000 short of being able to fund a team next season.

"It didn't make sense to have this club up there running at what was looking like a $250,000 loss for the year," Cullen said of the Clydesdales' finances.

Several of the Broncos 2006 NRL premiership-winning side such as Sam Thaiday, Dane Carlaw and David Stagg had stints in Toowoomba colours this year.

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