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Overnight wrap: Broncos, Mason, Rogers
NRL premiers Brisbane Broncos have found a new stablemate after feeder club the Toowoomba Clydesdales dropped out of the 2007 Queensland Cup due to financial problems.
The Broncos have formed an alliance with Aspley Football Club in Brisbane's north, who plan to play in next season's Queensland Cup as the Aspley Broncos. The move is pending the approval of the Queensland Rugby League board, who will consider it on Friday.
If given the thumbs up, the Aspley Broncos will play in teal, maroon and gold colours and be coached by Mark Gee, who guided the Clydesdales to a minor premiership and grand final loss to Redcliffe in 2006.
Meanwhile, Bulldogs forward Willie Mason has taken the first step to realising his dream of playing in the NFL after taking part in a low key trial with the New York Jets.
Mason took part in a speed work session with the side this week.
He was invited by the club to test his power and speed in a non-contact workout in front of Jets trainers. Mason has long expressed a desire to play in the NFL and was given permission from the Bulldogs to undertake a trial.
A statement from the Bulldogs said it expected him to fulfil his contractual arrangements with the club, with Mason signed on until 2008.
Elsewhere, the continuing saga of where Mat Rogers will be playing next year continues, with former players and coaches expressing their thoughts on the matter.
The general feeling is that Rogers should be let go to join the Titans from next year with the ARU suggesting that they will seek compensation from the new Gold Coast franchise if the Wallaby back is released.