Stephen Parle and Geoff Murphy on the announcement that the Brothers Leagues Club will become the new home of the CQ NRL Bid.
Stephen Parle and Geoff Murphy on the announcement that the Brothers Leagues Club will become the new home of the CQ NRL Bid. Chris Ison/Morning Bulletin

CQ NRL bid team links with Brothers club

THE CQ NRL bid team this morning announced plans to take a controlling interest in the Brothers Leagues Club in Rockhampton.

CQ NRL Bid Team chairman Geoff Murphy said that after a series of discussions with the directors of Brothers Leagues Club Capricornia Ltd they had agreed to acquire the licensed club, with the proposal already supported by Brothers’ football clubs – both seniors and juniors.

“This is a very significant day in our relatively short history,” said Mr Murphy, looking over the club he built in the 1970s when he was a foundation member and original director.

“We may not have an NRL club yet but we’re now on the cusp of securing our very own licensed club. I have no doubt this, coming on the back of our recent appointment of Denis Keeffe as chief executive officer, will send a powerful message to the NRL that we’re fair dinkum about getting a team here in what is rugby league heartland.”

Brothers Leagues Club chairman Stephen Parle said once approved by its members, the situation would be a win-win for both parties.

“This is an exciting development in the club’s proud history. It will provide the opportunity to substantially increase our membership base, which in turn will allow us to offer better and improved facilities for our valued members,” Mr Parle said.

“Those improvements naturally need funding and this arrangement will allow that funding to be secured. Members can be rest assured there’ll be no changes to the club they love. The other big positive, of course, is that we’re playing our part in delivering an NRL team for Central Queensland – something we truly believe will happen.”



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