RUGBY league legend Gene Miles is confident the CQ NRL Bid will ultimately succeed.
The champion centre was in Rockhampton Thursday for the Queensland Former Origin Greats Closing the Gap forum, held as a pre-cursor to next month's FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo.
The forum attracted more than 50 local employers and representatives from education and training providers.
Miles, the executive chairman of FOGS, said it was about ensuring the relevant stakeholders were all working off the same page.
When talk turned to football, the former international said Wayne Bennett's return to the Broncos was "pretty predictable" and the Maroons Origin series loss was a "bitter pill to swallow".
He urged the CQ NRL Bid team to remain persistent and patient in its campaign to secure a local-based team in the national competition.
"He's (bid chairman Geoff Murphy) just got to keep knocking on those doors and kicking those doors down and just be persistent because it will come," Miles said.
On Bennett's return
"Once he made himself available and said he was leaving Newcastle, I think it was pretty predictable that he would come home. Obviously, it's in his DNA the Broncos. They (the Broncos board) saw an opportunity that they thought they shouldn't miss and have made a very tough decision in sacking Griffin and putting Wayne in. They think Wayne is the answer. He's got seven premierships so let's hope he can bring some of that magic back to the Broncos."
On Griffin's axing
"I'm disappointed for Hook (Anthony Griffin). Admittedly, he hasn't had the finishes that he'd wanted over the past couple of years but I think it was all starting to fall into place for him and I'm pretty sure he will be determined to finish in the top four or five.
"I think that will create a stack of opportunities for him as well. I'd like to think that the players are 100% behind him as well. I think we will see a pretty determined team in Melbourne on Friday night."