The In Safe Hands Cup is set to expand to 10 teams in 2020, with a new model announced by Rugby League Brisbane seeing many local clubs make their return to A Grade.
Intrust Super Cup clubs will withdraw their direct team presence and will instead formalise their affiliate relationships with community teams in an effort to expand the competition and create more opportunities for players at the local level.
New entrants to the In Safe Hands Cup premiership race will include local clubs like Carina, Brighton and Beenleigh Pride, while established Rugby League Brisbane clubs such as Valleys Diehards and West Brisbane Panthers will remain.
“This is a tremendous leap forward for our game in the region and I commend our Intrust Super Cup clubs for supporting this new structure,” Rugby League Brisbane chair Steve Tierney said.
“This will allow my Board to reinvigorate this iconic Rugby League Brisbane brand and return the competition to its rightful place as the premier local league A Grade rugby league competition in the state.
“This is an exciting phase for our local clubs and the RLB is excited to be working closely with the Intrust Super Cup clubs in Brisbane to ensure this model works.”
An affiliate agreement will be formalised between the clubs which will include restrictions on player numbers to be signed by the Intrust Super Cup clubs.
These Intrust Super Cup squad players will be distributed to the nominated affiliate clubs to ensure fairness, equality and a high standard of competition.
The final regular season round of the 2019 In Safe Hands Cup season starts this weekend with West Brisbane Panthers guaranteed to finish as minor premiers and Redcliffe battling with Wynnum Manly for the last spot in the top four.
In Safe Hands Cup RLB A Grade confirmed clubs 2020
- Wynnum Juniors
- Pine Rivers
- West Brisbane