The lures of bush football

AVONDALE  Tigers halfback Andy Filo was plying his trade for BRL team Across The Waves just two seasons ago.

His focus now is on securing an elusive Northern Districts Rugby League (NDRL) premiership for his new favourite club.

Filo is among a number of BRL expats who have turned to bush footy, a move he put down to two things – happiness and security.

Avondale’s income loss insurance covers the players struck down by long-term injuries.

“I am much happier with the playing group out here,” Filo, 20, said.

“Especially with a kid on the way. It’s good to have that security.”

Aside from South Kolan, every NDRL club takes out income loss insurance through a deal with Queensland Rugby League.

Clubs within the BRL run on a case-by-case basis, but generally offer win bonuses to players as the major form of payment.

“I’d say that’s a major reason boys are keen to move – they are safe if they get a long-term injury,” Avondale coach and vice-president Brian Groves said.

Groves said the work done in the off-season to recruit sponsors was instrumental in providing the insurance to his players.



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