FOGS executive chairman Gene Miles is impressed with the the CQ NRL Bid’s reaction to the delayed expansion.
FOGS executive chairman Gene Miles is impressed with the the CQ NRL Bid’s reaction to the delayed expansion. Sharyn Oneill

Miles baits Bid hook

LET'S hope NRL CEO David Gallop is a fisherman.

Queensland State of Origin legend Gene Miles said Central Queensland was a great chance of luring one of the NRL expansion licences with good friend Geoff Murphy and experienced CEO Denis Keeffe leading the charge for the CQ NRL Bid team.

“Absolutely. The response I have to this every time is that I can remember David Gallop saying when the expansion was mentioned that he will go fishing where the fish are,” he said.

“Well there's fish here. There's plenty of fish here.”

Initial reports suggested expansion would occur in 2013 into the rugby league-mad region, however Gallop earlier this week announced 2015 was the preferred year.

Miles, who was in Rockhampton yesterday promoting the upcoming Former Origin Greats Indigenous Employment Careers Expo to be held at the Rockhampton Showgrounds in August, said the NRL powerbrokers would note Murphy and Keeffe's reaction to the news.

“I was impressed hearing Geoff and Denis' response to what is a minor setback about (expanding in) 2015,” he said.

“Their response was, ‘We're here for the long term. We're going to do the hard yards', which is great to hear.

“They didn't spit the dummy or anything like that.

“I'm pretty sure the powers that be hear that response and that goes in the memory bank and they think these guys are fair dinkum about the bid.”

Ahead of Origin III, Miles, who doubles as a Queensland selector, said he was hoping this weekend's NRL action wouldn't throw up too many challenges for the selection panel.

“Mal's made it quite clear that he's going to stay loyal to the Queensland team and he's got our full endorsement too,” Miles said.

“But, everybody's got to play this weekend so hopefully we'll have the full complement of players.”



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