A long-term partnership between NRL powerhouse Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and the North Coast Rugby League Region was detailed at a meeting last week.
Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill, board member Chris Anderson, recruitment officer Mark Hughes and pathways performance manager Andy Patmore along with Country Rugby League operations manager Bert Lowry met with Group Three junior and senior officials on Monday night to outline the plan.
The partnership will come into play from November 1. While Mr Hill wouldn’t put a time frame as to how long it will last, he assured the Bulldogs are here for the long run.
Group Three Junior Rugby League president Warren Blissett said ‘only positives’ will come out of a partnership.
Mr Blissett is confident a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be finalised soon, enabling the partnership to come into play on November 1. “I can’t see any roadblocks,’’ Mr Blissett said.
He said apart from creating opportunities for the East Coast under 16 and 18 representative players as well as the Group Three junior representative sides, there will also be advancements for the group’s coaches and trainers as well as administrators.
“There’s also opportunities for the club’s s corporate sponsors to become involved,’’ he said. “It can only be good for the game here.’’