The CQ Capras recently announced they had entered into a new game development partnership with NRL club the Brisbane Broncos.
The new arrangement was recently announced in Rockhampton last week (December 15) with former Broncos captain and Queensland and Australia representative Corey Parker in attendance alongside Capras CEO Peter White, Yancoal Manager Brendon Pambid, Broncos CEO Paul White and Broncos recruitment manager Peter Nolan.
The game development agreement will coincide with Capras’ current incentives to reach out into the wider region of CQ and keep talent within the Capras brand.
White said the agreement aims to develop high-level talent and provide a clear pathway for younger players hoping to progress their rugby league careers.
“This agreement dovetails into our the current agreement between (sponsor) Yancoal Australia and will add further strength to the objective to develop and provide a clear pathway opportunity for our players right across our region, no matter where they are located,” White said.
The new partnership is also expected to provide particular benefits for Strength and Conditioning and Player Development departments and it is hoped it will help upskill the coaches who are part of the program as well.
The CQ region has had many notable players make it through to the NRL in recent seasons; including this past year’s Queensland State of Origin representatives Cameron Munster, Corey Oates, Ben Hunt and former CQ captain Tim Glasby.
However, most have had to move away to progress on their rugby league pathway – something White hopes this new partnership will help avoid.
"It's a very exciting opportunity for our region and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity that the Broncos have provided for us," White said.