Justin Hodges is about to find out his grand final fate.
The retiring Broncos captain is appearing before the NRL Judiciary in Sydney tonight, in a bid to play in Sunday’s decider against the Cowboys.
The club is confident, but it’s also focusing on future seasons by launching a new facility.
Laura Hingston reports.
Last night the judiciary and the high tackle was far from Hodges mind as he attended the Dally M’s.
At Broncos headquarters today, the club Chairman also had other business on his mind announcing a new $27-million training facility in partnership with the state government.
Dennis Watt, Broncos Chairman: “Tremendous boost too, on the week of the grand final.”
The new centre includes state of the art training, administration and communication facilities and will be located at the site of the old Ithaca TAFE campus.
The Bronco’s have been based in Redhill since 1988.
This new high-performance facility is set to open early 2017.
The club hopes it will tie closer links to the local community.
The club is confident the new centre will go a long way towards ensuring continued success both on and off the field in future seasons.
The immediate future of its captain, though is more uncertain.
Dennis Watt, Broncos Chairman: “Great leader, he is the spiritual leader of the side and we would love to see him out there but of course if he’s not there we do have contingencies, we have some tremendous young players waiting to take his place.”
The Chairman is confident either way but hopes Hodges can be cleared to retire after one last grand final appearance.
Laura Hingston, QUT News.