Bid chairman Geoff Murphy
Bid chairman Geoff Murphy

CQ NRL Bid kicks another goal

A SQUAD of elite 13-year-old players drawn from throughout Central Queensland will be the first to pull on a CQ NRL jersey later this year.

The best of the best of the region’s rugby league starlets will be coached professionally and have all their expenses paid under a sponsorship deal with the Stanwell Corporation announced this morning.

And, according to bid chairman Geoff Murphy there’s every possibility that the junior development squad will uncover some future stars who will eventually play in the Premiership for a Rockhampton-based club.

The youngsters will be selected through an extensive scouting program that will touch all parts of the bid region, and a squad of 20 will be announced in September. They will play a series of games at the end of the year against the best rugby league schools in Brisbane and, possibly, north Queensland.

They will receive training not just in rugby league but in life skills such as diet and alcohol, how to handle the media and acceptable behaviour for professional sportsmen.

Mr Murphy said today that the under 13s could progress to form the core of an under-20 outfit to feed the NRL team should the bid succeed in getting a franchise for a professional club.



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