OPINION: We are now in the box seat for an NRL side
THE PLANETS are aligning in our bid to bring an NRL side to this town.
Firstly it was the Ipswich Jets showcasing our rugby league prowess by winning both the Queensland Intrust Cup and then the NRL Club Championship this year.
Now NRL CEO David Smith, the man who was against a second Brisbane team coming into the competition, has fallen on his sword and resigned.
Smith's preference to relocate a Sydney team rather than bring in a new one was well known and it was deemed the major stumbling block to the Ipswich Western Corridor bid ever getting the green light.
With Smith out the door by the end of next month the next NRL CEO must be approached immediately for his backing.
The timing is right and the plan to bring another team into the Brisbane precinct could not have any more backing than it does now.
Queensland, through its rugby league success this year, has revealed to everyone that it is state where rugby league has its biggest future.
If you asked me at the beginning of this season what chance we were to get an NRL team here before 2017 I would have said we were 100/1 outsiders.
Now I believe we are short-priced favourites, I just hope I am right.
Walking over to a new North Ipswich Reserve Stadium to watch NRL games would be a dream come true.