CQ NRL bid still rolling

Rugby League: It will cost $20 million a year to run a Central Queensland NRL team, but the man driving the region's bid for a franchise is not worried about money.

Bid chairman Geoff Murphy said last week he had no doubt Central Queensland's booming economy would comfortably finance a Rockhampton-based club.

“There are companies out there that are coming to us to ask what they can do to help. And once we get a franchise it's going to be much easier,” he said.

“This is the heartland of rugby league and it is also the heartland of the Queensland economy and, although I can't go into details at this stage, there are many companies who will want to back us financially.”

The Rockhampton businessman unveiled his latest signing last week - new bid chief executive Denis Keeffe.

Mr Keeffe was in charge of the North Queensland Cowboys from 2001 to 2005 and brings a wealth of NRL experience to the team.

And he says he has no doubt that Central Queensland can make a viable and winning case to the NRL hierarchy that it should be a part of any future expansion of the game's elite competition.

“We have the vision and we have the commitment. All we need is to channel the support of the public, corporate Central Queensland, media and politicians at all three levels and we will have an NRL side based in Central Queensland,” he said.



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