Why we'll beat city slickers

CENTRAL Queensland NRL Bid chairman Geoff Murphy has a message for the code's city slickers - don't forget us.

It's full steam ahead for Murphy and his hard-working team, despite a southern media report yesterday suggesting the NRL expansion bids from Perth and Ipswich were leading the way.

The report said bids from Western Australia, south-east Queensland's western corridor and Gosford were the only contenders for two potential NRL spots, if the competition is to expand to 18 clubs in 2015.

CQ didn't even rate a mention.

"I'm disappointed (the report) didn't mention Central Queensland but I believe we have a very strong case and stronger than anybody else," Murphy said.

"We've done our work and all the advice I get from the people that count is that all the bids are being investigated."

CQ's business model is in the hands of a national accounting company and Murphy believes this will be the key, not southern media hype, when the newly-formed Australian Rugby League commission discusses expansion in June.

"One of the things we suffer from is the Brisbane people are very Brisbane-centric and the same with the Sydney people and if you're not in a capital city you don't seem to exist," said Murphy, who is also the chairman of Beef Australia.

"When the time comes I believe our business plan will prove we're the most viable bid.

"The noise from the commission is that (an announcement on the areas for expansion) will come sooner rather than later.

"I'll just say also once again, we won't win this by having all the press down south, we'll win by having the best business plan."

League boss David Gallop has stated if the NRL was to go beyond the existing teams, the governing body would need a robust business model and a clear indication the whole game would benefit.

As reported in The Morning Bulletin last week, CQ has scored a touch down by securing a sister club agreement with NFL powerhouse the Green Bay Packers.



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