Brothers Return to Stafford

Brisbane Brothers will relocate its senior and junior teams to Gibson Park at Stafford in season 2006, continuing a lengthy assocation with the precinct.

The Brethren have been tenants at Gibson Park several times, most recently using the ground as a training venue while playing out of the multi-purpose Shawsportz complex.

Brothers spokesman Graham Brennan said the club's recent AGM brought a unanimous vote in favour of the move.

Gibson Park is officially listed as Nicol Street at Stafford and street parking is available, however the management of adjacent Stafford City Shopping Centre have no objections to the use of the Centre?s car park.

Access to the car park can be gained by taking the entry to the Shopping Centre off Stafford Roadand also via Hayward Street off Webster Road.

An inspection by a representative of the Queensland Rugby League (SED) has confirmed the facilities and fields are suitable for playing fixture games in 2006.

Brothers is currently in the process in applying for a grant to upgrade the facilities with the provision of a new toilet block and also four new dressing sheds. This will allow for the current structure to be converted to a clubhouse in the future.

Gibson Park currently has limited seating and protection from the elements however arrangements have been made to provide these essentials on a temporary basis until such time that permanent structures can be put in place.

Brothers asks that all visiting clubs appreciate that to achieve optimum facilities will take time and can only be done in stages as funding becomes available.

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