FLASHBACK: October 1987

Chris Johns, the first of the Brisbane Broncos New South Wales’ signings, took up residency in Brisbane after a four year first grade career with St George.

Johns and his father, Bill were partners in the new licence for the Sportsman’s Hotel at Spring Hill, previously run by former Wallaby prop, Chris ‘Buddha’ Handy.

“I will help behind the bar and do a bit of cellar work,” said Johns. “That will keep me fit for the Broncos.”

Johns also had played with English club, Castleford where he got to know Broncos’ fullback, Colin Scott, who also was having an off-season stint – from Brisbane club football with Wynnum-Manly.

Joe Kilroy, who played wing in Brothers’ 26-8 win over Redcliffe in the 1987 Brisbane Grand final, signed a one year deal with the Broncos, making him the first player from the premiers to join the new franchise.

“It shows we have no discrimination against Brothers’ players,” said Broncos boss, John Ribot.

Brothers’ coach, Ross Strudwick had helped a number of his players get Sydney deals, in particular with his former club, St George.

Meanwhile the Gold Coast Giants invited 49 players to trial for contracts at South Tweed Heads.

The list included Great Britain under-21 fullback, Gary Charlton from Cumbria; Queensland forward, Paul Bartier (Logan City) Brett Horsnell (Runaway Bay), Chris White (Brisbane Souths), Wayne Alberts (Yeppoon) and David King (Newcastle). King is the son of former Test winger, Johnny King.

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Paul Bartier

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