JETS REVOLUTIONARY: Former Rabbitohs forward Nat Neale returns to the Ipswich Jets in 2016 to help continue the club’s stellar rise.
JETS REVOLUTIONARY: Former Rabbitohs forward Nat Neale returns to the Ipswich Jets in 2016 to help continue the club’s stellar rise. Inga Williams

Ipswich Jets chairman slaps ban on using word 'rebuild'

REBUILD.

Oops.

We had to mention that word in this story, and we will again soon, but the QT can inform readers that the word 'rebuild' has been outlawed at the Ipswich Jets in 2016.

Jets chairman Steve Johnson has sent out an email to staff, players and the Jets faithful and it is emphatic.

"The word 'rebuild' is banned in and about the club," the email says.

The Jets have lost nine players from the champion Intrust Super Cup and NRL State Championship side of 2015, including six to the NRL.

But Johnson said the word 'rebuild' was for failed clubs, and the Jets were anything but that.

"There were a few things said in the media about the Jets rebuilding in 2016 and we had a discussion about that because it is not our mindset," Johnson said.

"We are not rebuilding.

"You rebuild when you fail and the Jets certainly did not fail in 2015. We succeeded to a level that perhaps no other Queensland Cup team has.

"We are now in a phase where we have nine guys moving on, but that creates opportunities for nine other players to step up in 2016.

"So we are not rebuilding on anything. We have already built.

"We rebuilt at the end of 2010 and now we are in the success phase of that planning.

"We don't see any reason for us to rebuild in the future because we have an evolutionary approach to our club.

"We are always striving to get better, because you never reach perfection. So we will always look to play more innovative rugby league and to keep our club fully engaged with our community and doing good work."

The Jets have recruited well with David Fa'alogo, Nathaniel Neale, Sebastian Pandia and Jesse Roberts headlining a long list of acquisitions and have oodles of untapped talent coming through the ranks.



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