CQ NRL Bid chairman Denis Keeffe addresses QR National employees about the benefits to the region of having an NRL team.
CQ NRL Bid chairman Denis Keeffe addresses QR National employees about the benefits to the region of having an NRL team. Chris Ison

Capras chases more Broncos’ input than just their Powerade

THE Central Queensland Capras want a feeder club who will provide more than just their Powerade.

Capras CEO Denis Keeffe said the Queensland Cup side received no flow-on from their affiliation with the Brisbane Broncos, and if that did not change soon, the Capras would most likely go to market to find a new affiliate.

"The Broncos have five feeder clubs and four of those are in metropolitan Brisbane and we are here which is the end of the line in many respects of the feeder program," Keeffe said.

Keeffe admitted while the Capras were in a better position than some Q-Cup clubs without feeder clubs, they were not reaping benefits they should be.

"A feeder club invests in development - we get some financial support but it hardly pays for the Powerade. They provide players contracted to their club, we don't have any."

Meanwhile, the Capras promoted the Broncos brand, wearing it on their kit and holding functions to increase Broncos membership numbers.

Later this month, NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle will hold a meeting where the reintroduction of dual registration for players in NSW and Queensland will be decided on. If the rule is re-actioned, Mr Keeffe said the Capras would go to market which would give the CQ outfit improved bargaining power with the Broncos.

"There's a possibility we will look at clubs outside of Queensland. Sydney clubs look at us as a good place to market their brand, to develop and recruit - we offer a lot of assets."



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