CQ NRL bid chairman Geoff Murphy talks with NRL boss David Gallop in Rockhampton in October.
CQ NRL bid chairman Geoff Murphy talks with NRL boss David Gallop in Rockhampton in October. Sharyn O'Neill

CQ NRL bid ready to take next step

2.15pm: CENTRAL Queensland is ready to host Australia’s next National Rugby League team.

With the path cleared for an independent commission to run the game after the Australian Rugby League and News Limited agreed to terms on Tuesday, the CQ NRL Bid team are busily preparing for the next stage of their application.

“Well, the next big steps for us is to prepare a business plan to present to the NRL itself setting out why we can support a team in central Queensland,” CQ NRL Bid Chairman Geoff Murphy said.

“We are probably only a quarter of a way through it, but we are certainly collecting information and getting stuff together to put into the body of that report which we expect to give to the NRL by the middle of next year.”

CEO Denis Keeffe welcomed the formation of an independent commission.

“I think it’s a step forward. Right now you’ve got people with a self interest,” Keeffe said.

“We can finally get some independent people with a strategic view of where the game is going, not just in a social sense but in a business sense.

“I think that’s what we’re looking forward to; getting that broad based view of where we are going to be, not now, next year, year after, ten years, twenty years down the track. We don’t have that articulated anywhere in our game, and other codes do.”

Keeffe is a firm believer that rugby league in Australian came under too many banners and was for a unified brand.

“I must say, I hope it’s based on a model the AFL uses,” Keeffe said.

“When you go play AFL in Cairns you play under AFL Cairns, if you go to Brisbane you play under the AFL Brisbane banner.

“We want to get rugby league just as a brand – the same brand right across the spectrum.”

After 15 months of hard work the CQ NRL Bid team yesterday released an information booklet outlining the team’s achievements and future direction.



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