Members drive to bolster NRL bid

THE Ipswich Jets’ NRL bid team will soon be calling on your support.

A membership drive will be the next step for the bid team to prove they have the support required to launch a successful NRL club.

And Jets’ bid mastermind Steve Johnson said garnering thousands of members should be relatively easy for the new venture. Like the Gold Coast Titans and the Gold Coast Suns before them, the Jets will put a call out to the public for a formal show of support by becoming a member of the fledgling club.

It will be different to a normal club membership, which requires payment and entitles the owner to a selection of games to attend as well as merchandise.

Rather this will simply be a free sign-on to declare support.

“We will begin a membership drive after January so we have yet another piece of evidence to support our claim,” Johnson said.

“To be honest, we probably don’t have to do it like the Titans and the Suns did.

“They were required to prove they have the numbers but we have the facts which show our area has a lot more juniors than the other regions and more potential supporters.

“But a membership drive does connect you with the community and that’s very important to us as a community-based club. “It will allow us to go to (David) Gallop (NRL chief executive officer) with more evidence as to why we should be given the nod for the next licence.”

The membership drive will be predominantly internet-based.

The Central Queensland NRL bid team, headed by millionaire Geoff Murphy, already has a membership drive underway.

It has secured 25,000 signatures.

The Jets business plan and feasibility study, compiled by veteran league administrator Brian Canavan, will be completed within a month.

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