- Wednesday 16 July 2014
The Sunshine Coast’s own rugby league team, the Sunshine Coast Falcons, are set to become a second feeder team for league giants the Melbourne Storm.
A three-year agreement has been signed where the Falcons will join Brisbane East as a feeder team, which will see some developing Melbourne players not selected in the NRL side play for one of the two sides.
Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the announcement, saying Storm players who didn’t make the first grade squad each week would fly into the Sunshine Coast and play locally for the Falcons.
And young Falcons could potentially earn a place with Melbourne Storm.
This affiliation will provide a genuine and very visible pathway to the NRL for roughly 5000 junior and senior local rugby league players with a powerhouse NRL club such as the Melbourne Storm,” he said.
Players such as Billy Slater and Greg Inglis have risen through these types of feeder club arrangements and have gone on to be state and NRL superstars of the game, and we are hoping that we can provide the same opportunity to our Sunshine Coast players.”
The arrangement will enable Sunshine Coast players to be able to stay and live on the Sunshine Coast and still chase their dreams of playing in the NRL without having to re-locate to bigger cities, the Mayor said.
He also said he hoped the deal will lead to an NRL trial down the track at the newly branded Sunshine Coast Stadium.
“Our playing and training facilities are arguably the best in the Intrust Super Cup Competition, and our region is a rugby league heartland that the QRL and NRL have both identified as a vital area for junior and senior rugby league development,” Mayor Jamieson said.