Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{CQ NRL TEAM OUT TO HOOK GRIFFIN} {Griffin to Throw His Hat in Ring }; Former Rocky Coach Heads List of Top Coaching Candidates

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{CQ NRL TEAM OUT TO HOOK GRIFFIN} {Griffin to Throw His Hat in Ring }; Former Rocky Coach Heads List of Top Coaching Candidates

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Byline: aaron kelly aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL coach-in-waiting Anthony "Hook" Griffin says he will be happy to throw his hat in the ring to coach an inaugural Central Queensland NRL team.

But the former Rockhampton coach admits there is a long road ahead for the region to be successful in joining the national competition in 2013.

Griffin, the coach of the Brisbane Broncos under-20s, heads a high-profile list of coaching candidates compiled by the CQ NRL bid team revealed exclusively on The Morning Bulletin's website ( www.themorningbulletin.com.au (http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au)) at 11am yesterday.

Speaking from Brisbane yesterday, Griffin said CQ had already ticked some boxes to become the state's fourth NRL team.

Griffin named the region's breeding ground for future NRL stars and the huge rugby league fan base as just two key factors.

In fact, in Griffin's Broncos under-20s side to play the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night, the team includes three local products in Dingo's Ben Hunt, Capella's Guy Ford and Rockhampton's Brent Williams.

"It would be a terrific boost for the town and the region," Griffin said of a possible NRL team based in Rockhampton and representing CQ.

"I've got no doubt it would be just as good an area as what Townsville is to North Queensland.

"If and when a team eventuates I'd be more than happy to speak to the board and franchise team.

"But there's a lot of work to be done before that happens."

Griffin has served his apprenticeship in the coaching game after leaving Rockhampton in 1994 - taking with him a mountain of success with Rockhampton Brothers.

He's won a Queensland Cup with Redcliffe in 2006, made another grand final with Redcliffe in 2007 - the same year he coached Queensland Residents to success against their NSW opponents - and then last year took the Broncos under-20s to the inaugural Toyota Cup grand final. …

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