Young league players can't wait to meet Qld heroes
TEN-YEAR-old Mitch Dowling and his mates could not hide their excitement when they heard their footy heroes were coming to town.
The Maroons will take part in the 2016 XXXX Queensland Maroons Gladstone Fan Day on June 14.
Activities planned include a street parade, sports luncheon and auction, coaching clinic and autograph session.
Gladstone Rugby League president Richard Duff said all the hard work has come to fruition in what is a massive coup for the port city.
"It has been two months in the making and we are over the moon," Duff said.
"The whole team plus the coaching staff and support staff will be here. This is not only a history-making moment for rugby league fans throughout our region, but it is something that our community really needs right now.
"It is the most positive thing that has happened in a long time, and we are both grateful and appreciative the QRL has deemed Gladstone to be the host."
Brother and sister Fergus and Tess Lawson cannot wait to see NRL and Origin legend Johnathan Thurston.
"I'm looking forward to getting his autograph," Fergus, 11, said.
The upcoming event is just a bonus for Tess.
"I just made the Port Curtis rugby league girl's team," she said.
"I look forward to seeing JT in person."
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the big day will bring fans out in droves.
"There will be about 10k in the city centre and it's a real coup for Gladstone and many months of work done at council," Sellers said.
Gladstone-based NRL game development officer Rod Dahl will coordinate the coaching clinic at Marley Brown Oval and Briffney Creek and details of the clinics will be released in coming days through schools.
10.30am: Street parade
Noon: Lunch at Gladstone Entertainment Centre
2pm: Clinic and signing at Marley Brown Oval.