Back to the future
CENTRAL Queensland's premier rugby league club is going back to the future as it rebuilds under a new committee headed by businessman Steve McCosker.
Part of the way forward will be a likely name change from the Central Comets to the Central Queensland Capras.
McCosker is now chairman of the club's executive committee, which is in the process of a significant restructure that will incorporate a number of new fresh faces.
The move follows last week's decision by former chairman Scott Chapman to step aside.
McCosker, who runs DC Motors and has a strong rugby league background, said he was approached by Comets stakeholders to become involved.
The Bulletin has previously reported the financial woes the club has found itself in this past season, which combined with on-field performances has impacted on the club's reputation.
McCosker said the club was an important part of Central Queensland life and needed to be rebuilt.
"A few people have said to us over recent days that when the Comets or Capras have been successful the morale of Rockhampton lifts," McCosker said.
"That is our motivation to do this."
The new committee will hit the ground running.
McCosker said new members were proven business people.
"They are young but they are seriously well qualified and will bring a diversity to the club's management that will be progressive and single minded about the organisation's success," he said.
He said the club had communicated the change with its key stakeholders, including sponsors, the Brisbane Broncos and QRL hierarchy, with positive feedback.
"We want to cash in on the history of Central Queensland rugby league," McCosker said.
"What that means is we are probably going to stop using the Comets brand and we are negotiating at the moment to go back to calling Central Queensland's team the Capras."
He said this was partly because the Comets name was not well regarded in the community and had failed to inspire a sense of tribalism and create any real or imposing identity.
"The Capra symbolises Central Queensland and much of (the sport's) history," McCosker said.
A project team has been established to incorporate a strong Gladstone presence at the club.
The coaching appointment for 2012 is expected to be announced early next week.
Alisha Dunnett is the club's new treasurer.
"This club going forward needs to be very different to the one of recent times," McCosker said.
Top priorities include:
- Stabilising the current financial situation;
- Developing a strong financial platform for 2012;
- Assembling a strong coaching and playing roster; and
- Reconnecting with the community