DOUBLE TAKE: Darren Lockyer and Jason Akermanis will both be in Kingaroy on the same day.
DOUBLE TAKE: Darren Lockyer and Jason Akermanis will both be in Kingaroy on the same day. Contributed

Kingaroy gets double dose of sporting superstars

SPORTING fans will have twice the reason to cheer when not one, but two former Queensland greats make their way to Kingaroy on the same day.

In a complete coincidence, the men behind two of the most illustrious Australian sporting careers will be in Kingaroy on Saturday, May 25 for different South Burnett events.

Rugby league and Brisbane Broncos fans better get their autograph books out in readiness for the arrival of former Brisbane Broncos captain Darren Lockyer.

Lockyer captained his state and country and is widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby league players of all time.

He will be at the at the relaunch of the Kingaroy Shoppingworld Telstra store on Saturday, May 25.

He will conduct the official opening of the store, sign autographs and take photos with fans from 11am to 2pm on the day.

In the perfect balance of the football codes, a former AFL superstar will also be making their way to the peanut capital that day.

AFL fans will be doing handstands when former Brownlow medalist and three-time premiership winner Jason Akermanis comes to town.

The former Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs star will be at the South Burnett Saints home game on Saturday, May 25 for their Heritage round.

The women's game begins at 11.30am and the first bounce for the men's game is at 2.30pm.

Former president of the South Burnett Saints, Daniel Clacy, said having Akermanis at the club was sure to prove popular for the fans.

And they will be doing everything in their power to get him into a Saints' guernsey.

"There was talk of getting him to have a run,” Clacy said.

"I don't know if that is is a possibility, but in the past he has played for other (local) teams.”

One thing is for sure, if the former best and fairest AFL player takes the field it is sure to be a highlight of the Saint season.

BY THE NUMBERS

Darren Lockyer (NRL)

Played 355 games for the Brisbane Broncos, 36 games for Queensland, 59 games for Australia.

Jason Akermanis (AFL)

Played 325 AFL games, 3 AFL premierships (01, 02, 03), and made four All-Australian teams (99, 01, 02, 04).