Ross Strudwick (CEO) of Struddys began retailing with the first Struddys sports store opening at the Sunnybank Plaza way back in 1975. In the early 1970's, Ross Strudwick, while playing for the St George Club in Sydney was recruited by Senator Ron McAuliffe OBE, the President of the Queensland Rugby League. Ross joined the Valleys Club in 1972 and went on to represent Brisbane, Queensland and Australia during his career. To ensure that Ross stayed in a maroon jersey, the QRL set Ross up in his first retail outlet. From this initial outlet, the Struddys brand has grown from retail, to encompass importing, wholesale and manufacturing.