Bid chairman Geoff Murphy
Bid chairman Geoff Murphy

Murphy predicts big things

LESS than a day after securing a takeover of Rockhampton’s Brothers Leagues Club, Geoff Murphy was yesterday talking up its future and predicting it would help the region’s quest for an NRL team.

Mr Murphy, chairman of the CQ NRL bid, said while it was too early to speculate on how much cash would be sunk into refurbishing the club, he was confident it would thrive and provide crucial financial support for the cause.

“Under this new arrangement, we can provide membership of a licensed club for all denominations and all sports throughout Central Queensland,” he said.

“We’re envisaging growth for the club like never before, which in turn secures the club’s long-term future.

“This will obviously allow the club to also financially support the bid for a CQ-based NRL side.”

On Tuesday, club members voted 78% to 22% to support the takeover, which takes effect immediately.

Mr Murphy confirmed members would quickly see a change of fortunes, with new members swelling the ranks, bid merchandise on sale and the establishment of the bid team’s office on site.

He said he was sure the club could continue to service its $1.3 million debt as it had in the past, pointing out the club had “significant cash reserves”.

And asked if the takeover meant the Showgrounds became the favourite possible location for a new stadium – as some have suggested – he was coy.

“Although there have been some informal discussions in relation to possible stadium sites, nothing concrete has been tabled,” he said.

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