IPSWICH Jets head coach Keiron Lander hopes a second crew from the Queensland Cup membership will present a welcome ripple impact subsequent yr.
Lander is assured fielding a Jets facet in an eight-team 2021 Rugby League Ipswich (RLI) competitors can present a number of advantages for the town.
Other than giving extra gamers common sport time, Lander hopes it boosts Jets ties with RLI golf equipment and builds a brand new pathway to the Intrust Tremendous Cup.
“It is going to strengthen the competitors, extra individuals coming by the gate creating extra income,” Lander mentioned.
“So there’s a complete heap of positives with a ripple impact if we give it a go.
“We’re not going to get every little thing proper. Nevertheless, let’s have a go. Let’s overview what works and what did not.”
He mentioned serving to to progress the RLI competitors was a serious aim.
Whereas he concedes the Jets squad depth could also be examined at instances with some gamers already aligned to native golf equipment, Lander was centered on enhancing the participant pool.
“And that is what we need to do,” he mentioned.
“It isn’t about doing something aside from enhancing the native competitors. Hopefully it attracts some extra gamers but additionally hold some youthful fellas native.”
The Jets can particularly forge stronger ties with the Rosewood membership, which does not have an A-Grade facet however fields groups in decrease RLI competitions.
“On the finish of the day, we play rugby league for enjoyment in direction of a pathway to play at a better duties,” he mentioned.
He mentioned having a pathway competitors that’s properly built-in, properly supported and with a transparent imaginative and prescient and path, would obtain extra for the area than having “silos working towards one another”.
Lander mentioned the Jets missed have a Reserve Grade facet after the Queensland Rugby League modified its competitors construction three years in the past.
The Jets crew competing in former Brisbane Rugby League (BRL) competitions received the 2015 grand closing and made the ultimate a yr later earlier than it was shut down.
Lander mentioned that boosted the Jets membership depth and improved requirements. It additionally supplied one other alternative to maintain good gamers in Ipswich, moderately than being misplaced to Brisbane golf equipment.
“I do know our Jets Intrust Tremendous Cup crew was doing rather well whereas we had a BRL crew,” he mentioned.
With a robust membership tradition, former premiership-winning captain Lander is eager to take care of gamers who need to play for the Jets.
The Jets accomplished the primary stage of their 2021 Intrust Tremendous Cup pre-season this week.
The gamers are due again on January 11 to step up preparations for his or her opening Intrust Tremendous Cup match towards the Townsville Blackhawks on March 20.
That Saturday sport is on the North Ipswich Reserve.
Lander was completely satisfied his squad of as much as 40 gamers had reunited after the prolonged break from matches as a result of COVID-19 state league competitors shutdown.
He was getting ready to spend his Christmas break with household in Western Queensland, enthusiastic about every little thing however the warmth.
“It was 47 the opposite day on the market,” he mentioned.