STATESMAN: Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson has given Ipswich's NRL bid and the Western Pride's A-League bid a boost.
STATESMAN: Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson has given Ipswich's NRL bid and the Western Pride's A-League bid a boost. Sarah Harvey

Unified front boosts Ipswich NRL and A-League bids

I FIRMLY believe Ipswich and the western corridor could support and sustain both an A-League and NRL team in national competitions.

Look no further than the Western Sydney Wanderers and the support they have received in western Sydney in the A-League for a start.

The demographic out our way is similar and the support would follow at all levels, make no mistake.

The QT has outlined for six years why - based on junior numbers, corporate backing, council support, history, regional growth and the very DNA of this city- an Ipswich NRL side would be a success.

But any successful new club needs the right people at the helm and in Western Pride general manager Pat Boyle and Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson we are indeed blessed to have men of vision, integrity and persistence.

Johnson, in today's QT, has presented an all-for-one, one-for-all mentality to stand side-by-side with the Pride's expansion plans and eloquently explained why his NRL bid supports the city's A-League quest.

Presenting that unified front to stakeholders and administrators will do both bids the world of good.



CAUGHT OUT: Coffs Coast drunk drivers face court

Premium Content CAUGHT OUT: Coffs Coast drunk drivers face court

One man told police he had consumed a total of 30 schooners.

Caringa Topcuts crew expanding to new turf

Premium Content Caringa Topcuts crew expanding to new turf

Employment program helping people kick goals and keep the gardens neat

Level 1 restrictions as councils forced to dump dam water

Premium Content Level 1 restrictions as councils forced to dump dam water

Request to hold more than two billion litres of flood water in the dam denied...