News

Brothers ready to start formal talks with the NRL

BROTHERS NRL bid founder Justin Barlow says his organisation is ready to begin formal talks with the NRL as he prepares to address a Brothers Confraternity conference in Ipswich on Friday.

The three-day conference will be attended by delegates from more than 40 Brothers clubs from across the state.

The Brothers bid will draw on the vast reach of an established fan base and plans to play eight games in Brisbane and four in regional centres.

"We have in place an engaged and national fan base, and they just need to be mobilised," Mr Barlow said.

"Many people have said that is a romantic notion, but that is actually the biggest asset in driving your bottom line and commercial returns."

Many current NRL stars have played with Brothers clubs including Cameron Smith (Logan), Billy Slater (Innisfail), Daly Cherry-Evans (Mackay) and Sam Thaiday (Townsville).

"As a grass roots organisation we are producing enough talent. That is our base for developing into an elite organisation," Mr Barlow said.

"Now we are ready to start talking in a formal fashion to the NRL to get a bit of guidance on what their expectations are.

"We are still pressing ahead with our strategy of basing ourselves in Brisbane and taking games to fans in the regions.

"We've been in talks with plenty of regional councils and bodies to get their buy-in. We haven't engaged with Suncorp (Stadium) yet, but we are at the point where we can go ahead and start cementing those relationships."

Brothers Confraternity president Brian Roberts is backing the bid and says it will give many junior players a genuine pathway.

"We've got a lot of juniors who play for Brothers, including in Ipswich, and it gives them somewhere they can go.

"It is another opportunity for them to play at the next level and it gives something to Brothers clubs in areas that don't have an NRL side anywhere near them.

"The Brothers Confraternity agreed to the bid in principle at our conference in Toowoomba and will be updated on it at the conference in Ipswich on Friday."

Topics:  footy tipping




BREAKING: Car and garage shot up in morning attack

Police at the scene of an apparent shooting at Ipswich on Monday morning.

Police are investigating after shots fired into a car and garage

Laughs aplenty as 'legends' put on show for fans

SHOW BOAT: Ipswich legend Chris Walker still had a bit of pace to show off amongst the older legs of the Queensland team.

Legends put on rugby league showcase

Latest deals and offers

Pokemon Go: "Trading" on the horizon as game evolves

No Caption

Pokemon GO players will soon be able to trade with other trainers

Bindi Irwin: ‘I’ve lived 10 lives in one lifetime’

Bindi meets her fans.

SHE'S just turns 18 but Bindi's life has been full of experiences

Rockhampton cook through to MasterChef semi-final

FAMILY:MasterChef semi-finalist Harry Foster pictured with his mum Ria McClelland.

Harry Foster through to MasterChef semi-finals.

Pop icon and former Neighbours star buys into Byron

Singer Natalie Imbruglia. Supplied by Sony Music Australia.

Former actor turned pop singer joins Byron celebrity rush.

MASTERCHEF: Coast cooks to dominate finals

SO CLOSE: MasterChef's final four, from left, Matt Sinclair, Elise Franciskovic, Harry Foster and Elena Duggan. Elise’s elimination means now only the three Sunshine Coast contestants remain in the competition.

MasterChef finals will be mandatory viewing in three Coast homes

The best and worst bits of Splendour from our experts

The Amphitheatre received Flume with open arms and danced to his music on Sunday night.

Glitter, fake marriages, see-through clothing and gorgeous weather

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles