Darren Lockyer in Mackay on Wednesday night.
Darren Lockyer in Mackay on Wednesday night.

Locky backs Queensland NRL bid

FORMER rugby league great Darren Lockyer threw his support behind a fourth Queensland side entering the NRL last night after speaking at a Broncos regional dinner in Mackay.

Lockyer, an ambassador with the Broncos joined club CEO Paul White and over 130 rugby league fans at Andergrove Tavern to push Brisbane's membership drive into regional North Queensland.

Lockyer revealed to The Daily Mercury he believes there is room for another NRL team in Queensland.

"The code is always talking about expansion and we'll just have to wait and see what the Commission decides to do," he said.

"Queensland has always been strong in rugby league and at the moment we only have three teams in our state compared with NSW which has a fair few more.

"There is room for more sides in Queensland, but it's a matter of the Commission identifying what side overall it thinks is best to join the NRL."

Like most rugby league fans Lockyer was glowing about Mackay staging its first NRL match, particularly the exploits of Ben Barba against the Storm.

"The Bulldogs and Storm match was a great advertisement for Mackay and the game," he said.

"Obviously the Ben Barba effort right at the end of the match where he helped set up the final try was just brilliant.

"That highlight will be played a fair bit this year. I think the scenes we saw were great and it probably means another NRL game in Mackay won't be too far away."



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