Qld stars to inspire the next wave of heroes

RUGBY LEAGUE: Next week's Maroons' Fan Day in Proserpine could inspire the next Greg Inglis or Billy Slater, according to the QRL's northern division manager.

Scott Nosworthy, a former Proserpine local, knows how motivating a visit from the game's superstars can be, recalling a similar event in the 1980s.

"I still remember many years ago Mal Meninga, Peter Jackson and Eddie Muller coming to town. I was 10 or 11 years old but I knew they were superstars," he said.

"I still remember to this day what happened that weekend and this is a similar thing. If I can remember it now, it's going to be a fantastic experience for these kids."

Proserpine's league fans won't be the only ones lapping up Tuesday's event, with supporters from Mackay, Bowen and the Central Highlands tipped to make the trip.

"It's the first time this event has come to NQ. Usually it's held in around the central divisions and south west so this is a fantastic opportunity for the game and young people here," Nosworthy said.

"If you're a kid interested in all sports, hopefully it will inspire them to play our game and do something within the game of rugby league."

Nosworthy also saved praise for both the junior and senior Brahmans, who he said were working hard to grow and promote the game.

The day will also feature a clinic run by NRL development officers from all across North Queensland.


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