Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson.
Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson. Sarah Harvey

Broncos deal "won't hurt our NRL bid"

WE have nothing to fear from the Broncos.

That is the word from Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson in the wake of the Brisbane Broncos announcing an agreement with Logan City Council to base a $6.5 million elite junior academy in the city.

Logan is part of the Western Corridor catchment area.

The Broncos have already struck up a three-year affiliation with the Ipswich Jets, Ipswich Rugby League and Ipswich juniors.

Brothers Ipswich will be the training base of the Western Corridor side should they win admission to the NRL.

But Mr Johnson said the Broncos move into Logan would not hamper the Western Corridor NRL bid.

"I am not concerned at all," Mr Johnson said.

"It is a glowing endorsement and recognition of the playing strength in the corridor and growing evidence of why the game needs to expand and base an NRL side in the corridor.

"We have nothing to fear from the Broncos. We've got 11,000 kids and the Broncos would have at least the same number. One club can't look after 20-odd thousand kids on their own. That is impossible"

Johnson said if the Western Corridor NRL bid was successful the Ipswich affiliation with the Broncos would end. The plan is to have Ipswich Jets, Souths-Logan and a future Toowoomba Clydesdales side as feeder clubs to the NRL side.

"If we get the green light we will have academies at Logan, Ipswich and Toowoomba for the targeted elite players to fast track them," he said.

"Initially our training base will be at Brothers (Ipswich) until our own base is based.

"We will invite Souths-Logan to join us and hopefully they will accept. Our two clubs are neighbours and we swap ideas and resources.

"We have the best relationship between two clubs you could imagine."



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