Geoff Murphy has clinched a “sister club” agreement with the NFL's most successful franchise - the Green Bay Packers.
Geoff Murphy has clinched a “sister club” agreement with the NFL's most successful franchise - the Green Bay Packers. Getty Images Sport - Leon Halip

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BEFORE Eli Manning delivered the New York Giants another last-minute Super Bowl triumph over the New England Patriots earlier this week, Geoff Murphy completed a match-winning play in Central Queensland's quest for a national rugby league team.

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The CQ NRL Bid chairman has returned to Rockhampton after a visit last month to the home of the Green Bay Packers where he made some powerful friends and clinched a "sister club" agreement with the NFL's most successful franchise.

Speaking to The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, Murphy was still "blown away" by his Wisconsin experience and revealed Packers chief executive Mark Murphy had agreed to be in Rockhampton for Central Queensland's first match in the NRL.

"What actually happened was a very good friend of mine and a very good friend of the Bids Paul Broughton (Gold Coast Titans chairman) wrote to the Packers on our behalf and told them about our bid and Mark Murphy (from the Packers) wrote back to us, which I was quite thrilled about," Murphy said.

"So I contacted them and asked if I could come over and talk to them and learn more about them and it went from there. I took it upon myself that with Beef 2012 coming up I had to go over sooner rather than later.

"Other than the weather, I was blown away by the similarities between the Green Bay area and Central Queensland."



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