The Dolphins have revealed a new partnership and signing of an exciting young player to bolster their entry into the NRL in 2023.
The Dolphins will take a true-blue Aussie teammate into battle with them next year after signing a partnership agreement with wagering company BlueBet.
The BlueBet logo will be appear on the top back of the jersey as the Dolphins run out for their first match in March.
Sydney-based BlueBet has plenty of "synergy" with the Dolphins, with chairman Michael Sullivan and chief executive Bill Richmond both raised in Brisbane.
Like the Dolphins, who have a 75-year history and have now ascended to the NRL, BlueBet is currently going through an expansion into the US market.
This comes after significant growth in the highly-competitive Australian online wagering market since the company was launched in 2015.
“We see a lot of similarities between ourselves and the Dolphins – a new and emerging brand that has quickly connected with Australians,” BlueBet chief executive Bill Richmond said.
“Under the guidance of chief executive Terry Reader and head coach Wayne Bennett and with the administration team they’ve put together, we believe the Dolphins will create something special very quickly.
“That makes it very appealing to align ourselves with them.
“We’ve signed on for five years and that highlights our commitment to the Dolphins and rugby league in Queensland. We see this as a partnership that will continue to grow for a very long time.”
BlueBet is led by an experienced Board and senior management team, with several key executives having held management and leadership positions with well-known wagering and gaming companies including Sportingbet, Centrebet and Aristocrat.
BlueBet will allocate a percentage of its stadium signage included in the Dolphins partnership to promote Responsible Gambling information across the term of the deal.
Dolphins’ chief Terry Reader said the partnership between the Dolphins and BlueBet was a natural fit.
“We have had a long relationship with the key leadership from BlueBet, so are excited to continue that association with this partnership,” Reader said.
“Like the Dolphins, BlueBet is striding out on a new path, so we feel the synergy between the two brands and are excited to have them on board for our entry to the NRL.
“One of the key strategies of the NRL, in bringing a new team into the Queensland market, was to attract new business and partners for the game in this state.
“This partnership between the Dolphins and BlueBet is a great example of this, and we welcome them to the Dolphins’ family.”
Jack Bostock will move to Queensland at the end of the year to take up a three-year deal with the Dolphins, who will enter the NRL for the 2023 season.
A centre from the NSW South Coast region, Bostock starred for the Steelers in the SG Ball Cup under-19s NSW state-wide competition, scoring three tries in the opening game this season.
He will join the Dolphins on a development contract next year before moving into the NRL team’s Top 30 in 2024.
The signing of Bostock shores up a key part of the Dolphins’ strategy to build an NRL club for the years ahead.
It comes off the back of Dolphins’ signing Isaiya Katoa gaining man of the match for the Panthers in the SG Ball Grand Final at the weekend.
Bostock and Katoa faced each other in a knock-out final two weeks ago and are considered two of the best talents in the NSW under-age competition.
“The Dolphins have always said that we are determined to work with a long-term view for the squad and we are focussed on building a team for the future, not just season 2023,” said Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader.
“We have already invested in young Queensland talent such as Harrison Graham and Michael Roberts, as well as securing Isaiya Katoa and Jack Bostock.
“These type of players are the building blocks for the future of the Dolphins and important to ensuring we are successful in the years ahead.
“We will continue to recruit not only players who are ready to play in the NRL, but also the next wave of talent to secure our future in the NRL.”
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