Canavan, who is also a former Sydney Roosters chief executive, has agreed to take on a consultancy role with the Ipswich bid, as they have big plans to become the third team in South-Eastern Queensland by 2013.
Steve Johnson, the chairman of the Ipswich bid says that the recruitment of Canavan to the role shows their intent and the passion they have as they aim to get a team in the NRL by 2013.
Canavan, who is regarded as one of the most respected officials in the entire NRL recently put together a report outlining wholesale changes for a NSW team desperate for victory.
“Brian’s reputation speaks for itself and it’s his excellent standing in the game combined with his extensive experience in sports administration that has us convinced he is the man to take us to the NRL,” Johnson said.
For Canavan, he joined after Johnson told him that Ipswich is the home to some Origin and Australian greats in Alfie Langer and the Walters brothers, hence they should get a team in the NRL.
“I asked Steve why he believed a western corridor team should be the next team into the NRL and his answer convinced me to get involved – 2.2 million people, 350,000 school kids and 18,000 junior rugby league players,” he said.
“The area is an absolute nursery for the game and I’m excited about helping the group show the NRL what we already know – that the next team in the NRL must be us.”