Wide Bay to play in QPL after The Waves's late withdrawal
UPDATE, 4PM: FOOTBALL Wide Bay will feature in the inaugural Queensland Premier League.
Bundaberg club Across The Waves withdrew from the process at the last possible moment, leaving this region's governing body to swoop on the license.
ATW was the only Football Wide Bay-affiliated club to publicly declare its interest in a QPL licence.
Football Wide Bay and its clubs publicly supported the bid earlier this year.
ATW president Michael McLachlan said in a statement their application was unsustainable.
"Whilst some people may be disappointed, the ATWFC committee believe this to be a great outcome for Wide Bay Football," he said.
Football Wide Bay will have to establish seven teams - under-13, U14s, U15s, U16s, U18s, U20s and seniors - in time for kick-off.
Association president Stuart Taylor said the governing body would work with its member base ensure Football Wide Bay's entry was one that fully represented the region.
Taylor admitted there was a lot of work to do ahead of next year's inaugural season, but it was a far better option for Football Wide Bay to take control of the license than leave the region unrepresented for the next five years.
UPDATE, 2PM: The Waves have released a statement fully supporting Football Wide Bay and their bid in the Football Queensland Premier League next year.
The side was set to be in the competition but withdrew at the last moment citing their bid to be unsustainable for the future.
The Waves president Michael McLachlan said the decision wasn't take lightly.
Their full statement is below:
"Across The Waves Football Club is pleased that football players in the Wide Bay zone will have a pathway via the Wide Bay Football Clubs inclusion in the FQPL announced by Football Queensland today.
ATWFC Is committed to working with this new entity for the betterment of football in our zone.
With the new club being formed centrally in our zone, it should make for a unified club truly representing Wide Bay.
ATWFC had submitted an application but came to the conclusion that, at this time in the clubs evolution, our application would be unsustainable.
We thank everyone who worked hard during the application process.
Whilst some people may be disappointed, the ATWFC committee believe this to be a great outcome for Wide Bay Football.
Congratulations Football Wide Bay."
UPDATE, 1.40PM: Football Wide Bay will feature in the inaugural Football Queensland Premier League.
The Waves were set to be the region's representative in the newly-formed state competition.
The Bundaberg club was supported by the regional governing body, Football Wide Bay, along with the rest of the zone's clubs.
Football Wide Bay re-entered discussions after The Waves advised FQ it would withdraw from the process.
The parties agreed Football Wide Bay would accept the licence "subject to due diligence and consultation with member clubs".
We are excited that the Wide Bay will have a presence within the QPL and look forward to working with member clubs towards this outcome.
EARLIER: Football Queensland has announced Football Wide Bay will be represented in next year's expanded state competition.
The association today announced 16 new sides for the two divisions with Football Wide Bay to feature in the new second tier, the Queensland Premier League.
They join club from around Queensland in the QPL competition and will now aim for promotion to the top tier the Nationals Premier League which features 14 sides next year.
The Waves were awarded the licence originally after lodging an application in January and a business plan for the bid a couple of months ago.
The side though withdrew at the last minute which prompted Football Wide Bay to come in this morning and take up the licence.
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