Dolphins and the Vodafone Warrior jointly announced a landmark Trans-Tasman rugby league partnership on Monday 8th of June. The trailblazing relationship brings together New Zealand’s only professional league franchise and the Dolphins in a three-year commitment, with the Dolphins acting as a feeder club to the Auckland-based side.
Dolphins CEO Tony Murphy and Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George say the partnership is founded on a shared vision which will enable outstanding young players from Queensland and New Zealand to benefit from the best pathways structure available in the game.
Dolphins General Manager of Football Operations Grant Cleal said the opportunity is far-reaching for both clubs.
“On the football side of things, the partnership will assist the premiership aspirations of both clubs while fostering the growth of junior rugby league in the entire Moreton Bay Region.”
Through this initiative a number of players from outside the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL squad will appear for the Dolphins in the Queensland Cup each week. Outside of footy, the benefits to both Moreton Bay Region and New Zealand with tourism and business is something to be excited about.
There will also be potential for the Vodafone Warriors to play games at Dolphin Stadium.
George and Murphy said the clubs will align their pathway programmes to capture talent to achieve long-term on-field success while staff from both clubs will work closely together to create better opportunities for personal development.