Former Fitzroys player Baron Large would never have set foot in the arch-rival Brothers Leagues Club until now.
Former Fitzroys player Baron Large would never have set foot in the arch-rival Brothers Leagues Club until now. CHRIS ISON CI

Large takes a big step for NRL bid

CAN you imagine Kevin Rudd joining the Liberal Party?

Well, that’s virtually what’s happened in the world of Central Queensland rugby league, with long-time Fitzroy supporter and anti-Brothers man Baron Large honouring a promise he made in The Morning Bulletin only a few weeks ago.

Large, who’s supported the Sharks since his teens, vowed to become a member of the CQ Bid Leagues Club, on the proviso it did away with the name of Brothers Leagues Club and became the social hub for Central Queensland’s aspiring NRL team.

“After all the ‘I’s are dotted and the ‘T’s are crossed, I will be one of the first people to join the NRL bid team’s new clubhouse,” the North Rockhampton man proclaimed in a letter to the editor, which attracted plenty of good-natured gibes.

“I, like many past players, would never have joined the Brothers clubhouse as it stands. Brothers in Rocky are what Manly are in the NRL, known as the ‘would-be silvertails’.”

Such was the rivalry, Mr Large was sent off six times in his career with Fitzroys – five while playing Brothers.

He became a member this week saying he was delighted to honour his commitment and was looking forward to becoming a regular at the club.

“My favourite watering hole is the Ascot and the barflies have been egging me on, asking when I was going to come good,” said the former Fitzroy Sport & Recreation Club president and an outspoken supporter of the CQ NRL Bid Team.

“I’ve always been someone to keep my word, so here we are, having a quiet drink at a place I previously wouldn’t be seen dead in. I’m not the only person here in Rocky who’ll join up….there’s plenty of them and it’s all because of the NRL bid.”

CQ NRL Bid project coordinator Jason Costigan said he welcomed Mr Large’s membership and encouraged others to follow in his footsteps.

“Baron joining this club a couple of months ago would have been like the PM ditching Labor for the Liberal Party,” he said.

Mr Large’s move couldn’t have come at a better time, with the CQ NRL Bid gaining momentum.



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