Ben Ikin

QRL BOSS CONFIRMS VENUE

The killing of at least 26 men in civil unrest in the PNG highlands in mid-February led to the QRL holding meetings with key stakeholders over whether the PNG Hunters would host Wynnum-Manly in Port Moresby on March 9 in the opening round of Queensland's Hostplus Cup.

"We are hosting games there because it is safe enough to do it," QRL CEO Ben Ikin told AAP on Thursday.

"The PNG Hunters have their home games like every other club and round one happens to be one of those.

"Wynnum will travel up for round one of the Hostplus Cup. I am on the plane and going as well."

‘Hatched a plan’: How Ikin shaped Broncos’ resurgence and ‘cleared out’ the dead weight

The Red Hill club sits in fourth place as it stands, a far-cry from their 15th place finish last season.

Ikin was employed midway through the 2021 season and was tasked with returning the NRL powerhouse back to the top-half of the ladder.

Clearing out the club’s roster was his first port of call.

“We had a goal to play finals,” Ikin said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“We knew we had to get better so we hatched a bit of a plan.