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Jets hope Capewell will play if Broncos don't need him

QUALITY OPTION: Luke Capewell was the Jets’ best and fairest in 2011.
QUALITY OPTION: Luke Capewell was the Jets’ best and fairest in 2011. Scott Powick

IPSWICH Jets will know by the end of the month whether Broncos star Luke Capewell will be assigned to the club for the 2013 Intrust Super Cup season.

Capewell, who was the Jets' best and fairest in 2011 while he was with the Titans, played for Redcliffe in the 2012 cup season.

The Dolphins are one of the Broncos feeder clubs but now the Jets have also established a three-year partnership with the NRL powerhouse, they are in the picture to be assigned players for upcoming Queensland Cup duties.

Jets chairman Steve Johnson said that while the club would welcome Capewell back with open arms, they would not be pressuring the Broncos on where they elect to send the utility back.

Jets coaches Ben and Shane Walker are close friends with the Capewell family and that link is thought to give the Jets some chance of securing Capewell.

"It will be the Broncos' call," Johnson said.

"We would love to have someone like Luke at our club because he understands our culture and he has got some great friendships with our boys.

"We would love to have someone like Luke at our club because he understands our culture and he has got some great friendships with our boys.

"Later this month when all the cup teams know which players they have signed, there will be a meeting between the CEOs, coaches and (Broncos coach) Anthony Griffin and (football manager) Andrew Gee.

"Ben and Shane (Walker) will look at our positions that need strengthening.

"The Broncos will look at their roster and the needs of their feeder clubs and they will put back players where they will get the most game time and where they think it is appropriate.

"At the moment we have no idea who will be allocated to the Jets, if anyone.

"Given our late affiliation with the Broncos you would expect that lads who have played with Norths, Wynnum and Redcliffe in previous seasons would probably want to stay there… and we understand that.

"Our focus has always been on our kids and on pathways. We wanted to get the three bodies (IRL, IJRL and Jets) aligned with one NRL club. It is a long-term vision.

"Until we do get an NRL licence with the Western Corridor, we have got to give our kids the best opportunity to play NRL from their home. The Broncos have given us that opportunity."

The halves is an area where the Jets are light on for depth so Capewell would be a godsend if he was not required by the Broncos in the NRL squad each week.

"But it is not up to us to ask for Luke Capewell," Johnson said.

"It is up to Anthony Griffin to decide what position he needs to be utilised in to suit where the Broncos want to play him this coming season.

"It is up to Anthony Griffin to decide what position he needs to be utilised in to suit where the Broncos want to play him this coming season.

"Our position at the moment is that any players they want to allocate to us will be a bonus. We simply want them to sign Ipswich kids and dual-register them back to the Jets and IRL.

"The full benefit of the relationship will be seen in two or three years' time. We believe we have a really good squad that can shake up the Intrust Super Cup.

"We have got a really good FOGS squad and a strong group of young Colts. We can do the city proud with the squad we have got and anyone else we can pick up is a bonus."

Luke Capewell

  • Age: 23
  • NRL clubs: South Sydney Rabbitohs (2008-10), Gold Coast Titans (2011), Birsbane Broncos (2012).
  • Quensland Cup clubs: Ipswich Jets (2011), Redcliffe Dolphins (2012).
  • Position: Fullback, halfback, five-eighth.

Topics:  brisbane broncos intrust super cup ipswich jets luke capewell



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