The Western Clydesdales are ramping up efforts to earn a spot in the Intrust Super Cup by recruiting for a key driver of their bid.
The Clydesdales are advertising for a commercial manager who will help secure them the funding needed to prove their financial viability from the 2023 season onwards.
Having in place the financial backing required to fund an Cup club looks to be the key, final hurdle for the Clydesdales as they chase a return to the elite statewide competition.
The club changed its name from the Western Mustangs to the Western Clydesdales in August and launched a community funding campaign to finance the commercial manager role.
The campaign has received wonderful support, with more than 100 visionary rugby league and community leaders and counting joining the Clydesdales Club, and the group of foundation supporters on board to push the Cup bid.
Their support and contribution has provided the Clydesdales with the backing needed to appoint a commercial manager, who will then pursue the commercial partnerships and develop the various revenue streams required to show Queensland Rugby League the financial viability of an Cup team in south-west Queensland.
The commercial manager is currently being advertised on Seek, with applications closing on Monday, November 8.
“The support we have received from the community following our name change to the Western Clydesdales and launching of the Clydesdales Club campaign has been incredible,” Clydesdales chairman Michael Burns said.
“The response really shows how much the rugby league and south-west communities want to see us competing in the Intrust Super Cup and representing our region at the top level of the game in our state.
“We’ve had support from local politicians across all three levels of government, from community leaders like Clive Berghofer and Ali Davenport at Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.
"We’ve also had massive backing from business leaders like Chris Hillman at The Fit Lab and Brett Harvey from Blooming Gorgeous.
“It has just been amazing the interest in what we’re trying to do and the number of people willing to do something to help our proud rugby league region return to the Intrust Super Cup.
“It’s exciting now that we’re in a position to appoint a commercial manager as the Board and I feel the successful candidate will help us clear the final hurdle in our Intrust Super Cup bid, which is proving our financial viability.
“We would love to receive applications from anyone who thinks they have the skills and experience to be successful in the role, and who is as passionate as we are about seeing the Clydesdales back competing against the best from across Queensland.”