Minto leaves on good terms
SCOTT Minto’s shock resignation from the CQ Comets was not a spur of the moment decision.
During his three years at the club the affable Minto has always been accessible to the media but after a no-show at Browne Park on Saturday, he was not answering calls on Sunday.
Yesterday Minto explained to The Morning Bulletin that he had wanted to break the news to sponsors before announcing his decision to the media.
“I called Scott Chapman (chairman of the Comets board) and handed in my resignation,” he said.
“I had originally planned to go out at the end of the season.”
Minto said it was better for him and the club if his departure was immediate and nothing should be read in to that.
“I’ve left on good terms,” he said, “I’ve done what I wanted to do.
“Wayne (Barnett) called the players in on Friday and let them know.”
Minto said he will join his brother Paul in business.
He said Paul is a finance guru and he will join him at Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management.
“Paul is the Darren Lockyer of the finance industry, he has been in the industry for 22 years,” Minto said.
The former chief executive is proud of his record with the Comets and even though results this season have gone against the team he still rates the players at the club highly.
Before his arrival the club had done a good job in bringing local players into Queensland Cup football but needed an injection of outside talent to make the team more competitive.
On the pitch, making the finals two years ago was a real boost to the club.
However, it is his work on the corporate scene that gives him great satisfaction.
“When I arrived sponsorship was low,” he recalled, “ now we have doubled sponsorship.”
With his background in rugby league, as an NRL player and an administrator, it is not surprising that Minto expects to keep an interest in the sport at the local level.
“I live in Yeppoon and so I’ll probably go and see what John Harbin (coach of the Yeppoon Seagulls) is doing down there,” he said.