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IN an exciting day for the Intrust Super Cup not only was the entry of a Papua New Guinea team into the competition next season confirmed but the future of the competition and its standing in the game has also been assured.

NRL Chief Operating Officer Jim Doyle presented his Elite Pathways Review Report to the CEOs of all 13 Intrust Super Cup clubs, which included a major funding announcement.

He told QRL TV he thought the future of the competition was bright.

As we all know there has been a lot of investment into the NRL and the NYC and this is a significant investment into the next level, he said.

We certainly see based on all of our research, everything we have looked at, all the feedback from all of the clubs etc that both the Intrust Super Cup and NSW Cup are both really significant parts and pathways to the NRL.

$10.8million over the next three years has been well received by all the clubs here.

The review process has been a thorough one and as well as acknowledging the important part the Queensland competition plays in the development of the game Doyle said the report highlighted the need for the competition to receive strong support from the governing body.

I think the recognition from the game that you actually play a significant part in that elite pathway; so thats the key sort of thing and obviously some financial assistance for the clubs as well, the former boss of the New Zealand Rugby League said.

Theres lots of things to come out of it obviously player welfare and education; there will be a lot more support not only to the NRL and NYC sides, but there will be a lot of support for the teams that play at the level.

I think, the key one thing has been the recognition by the national body that the teams that play in the Intrust Cup Cup and NSW Cup play a significant part in the success of the game.

He also spoke about the National Final which will take place from next season and will hopefully one day include the winners of other state competitions; not just Queensland and New South Wales.

Another key aspect of the report with a strong bearing on the future of the Queensland clubs was the move to Primary and Secondary Affiliation with NRL clubs.

The full QRL TV video with Jim Doyle explaining the major changes can be viewed now under Related Items.
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