Thanks to Growling Ferret, here’s the letter sent to Kangaroos fans:
Thursday, July 13, 2006
As you are well aware, the Kangaroos have played a package of home matches in secondary markets for the best part of a decade â€“ most recently playing a package of three matches at Manuka Oval. This has been part of the clubâ€™s long-term plan for growing our brand and increasing our national support base.
I am writing to inform you that while we have had a great relationship in Canberra, the Board of the Kangaroos has taken the decision that we will not be renewing our contract with the ACT Government in 2007 and as such the Kangaroos will play a maximum of 10 games over the next three seasons on the Gold Coast.
Our decision on this matter was not made lightly. It was very difficult, and the issues very complex. We undertook an enormous amount of research and due diligence.
In the end we had to decide â€“ in the long term interests of the club – that the opportunities for greater exposure of our brand on the Gold Coast and the potential for growth outweighed the benefits of remaining in the present arrangement in Canberra.
Throughout the decision making process the prime considerations of the Board have been the Kangaroos members, supporters, and the future growth and success of this football club.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the tremendous contribution of the ACT Government, the AFL, AFL New South Wales, AFL Canberra, the local football community, our corporate partners and most importantly our members.
We have had fantastic support in Canberra and wanted to let our Kangaroos supporters know how much we value their contribution and support to the success of the club and the growth of football in the region. We sincerely hope this support continues.
We are sure our joint commitment over the past six years will provide a strong foundation for AFL football to continue to prosper in the ACT region.
Again, I wanted on the behalf of the Board and the Club to acknowledge your support of the Kangaroos and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with our Canberra-based supporters.
Graham Duff AM