FOOTY CRUSADE: Stephen Parle and Geoff Murphy are teaming up as the CQ NRL Bid gains momentum. The bid team yesterday announced plans to take a controlling interest in Brothers Leagues Club.
FOOTY CRUSADE: Stephen Parle and Geoff Murphy are teaming up as the CQ NRL Bid gains momentum. The bid team yesterday announced plans to take a controlling interest in Brothers Leagues Club. Chris Ison

NRL bid team takes control

STANDING shoulder to shoulder, rugby league crusaders Stephen Parle and Geoff Murphy were like brothers in arms yesterday.

They joined ranks to announce the CQ NRL Bid Team’s plans to take a controlling interest in the Brothers Leagues Club in Rockhampton.

The bid team intends to set up its administrative headquarters at the Leagues Club, which is in line for refurbishment and improved facilities after the move.

Mr Murphy, chairman of the CQ NRL Bid Team, said 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.

Many NRL clubs have links to a leagues club and the South Rockhampton venue is strategically placed in the city.

“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.”

It’s understood Mr Murphy will meet with NRL powerbrokers next month.

Mr Parle, Brothers Leagues Club chairman, 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 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.”

Gathering pace

The CQ NRL bid is gathering momentum. The bid to have an NRL team based in CQ for the 2013 season was launched in April when bid chairman Geoff Murphy announced a team of high-profile businesspeople, community leaders and former players. A petition was quickly started with the community showing strong support. A series of bid launches followed across the region. In recent weeks the bid team announced former Cowboys chief executive Denis Keeffe had joined the team in a leading role before yesterday’s announcement that the bid team had joined up with the Brothers Leagues Club.

I have no doubt this ... will send a powerful message to the NRL that we’re fair dinkum about getting a team here

– Geoff Murphy


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