CQ NRL Bid Chairman Blasts “Ill Informed” SEQ Expansion Comments

“Ignorant, rude, selfish and dismissive are just some adjectives people are using to describe recent comments from a promoter of a third NRL Club for the South East of Queensland”, CQ NRL Bid Chairman, Geoff Murphy said today.

“I just can’t understand how parties with vested interests can make so called informed comments about TV ratings and public perceptions of a very complex and crowded sports media market without any evidence to back up these outlandish statements,” the usually controlled Central Queensland bid backer said.

“We live in regional Queensland and we have made that conscious decision to do so. Our regional communities fit our lifestyles but we are not going to accept a continuation of neglect and denial relative to our sporting, social and cultural requirements. Very often we are forced to conduct our business and our social activities with what most metropolitan citizens and businesses would consider as being inferior transport, communications and at times community facilities and assets.”

“I am more than a little annoyed that elements in the south east of our state can even suggest a third NRL club when a region like CQ that provides so much of the state’s wealth and prosperity and has remained loyal to the wonderful game of Rugby League for over 100 years is not considered in some commentary”.

“The CQ NRL Bid has a report compiled by a leading national sports media consultant who absolutely debunks the so called “need” for a third NRL club in the South East of Queensland and in fact details the serious detrimental consequences to the game and its current participants of any such implementation.

I am prepared to release elements of this report to prove once and for all that CQ has the ability, the avid Rugby League population, the will and most of all the means to establish a very viable and successful NRL club in CQ that will not impinge on the current NRL Club structure and that will add significantly to the NRL, and its media partners”, Geoff Murphy concluded.

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