LONG CROSS: The Waves' Tom Adam strikes the ball during last year's Wide Bay League. His side remain the only club to register interest in playing in Football Queensland's state league next year.
LONG CROSS: The Waves' Tom Adam strikes the ball during last year's Wide Bay League. His side remain the only club to register interest in playing in Football Queensland's state league next year. Paul Donaldson BUN160716FOOT11

Bundy sides not keen on state competition

THE Waves is the only football side in Bundaberg in the hunt to play state football next year.

Late last year Football Queensland announced it were going to expand the state football competition to two divisions, with expressions from those clubs wishing to enter closing yesterday.

Now the NewsMail can reveal that only one side from Bundaberg is involved.

The Waves, as reported in December, is the only team capable of playing state football next year.

Despite media reports they would be entering, the United Park Eagles didn't sign on.

"We had a look at it intensively for at least two to three days,” Eagles communications secretary Fiona Bath said.

"In the end we were not interested as it was expensive to enter.

"We are just vested in the Wide Bay League.”

The same can be said for Brothers Aston Villa.

It was expected to join The Waves but the the side opted not to do it in the end.

Villa president David Smith said unless Football Queensland covered travel costs it was not worth it.

"As far as I am aware we haven't done it,” he said.

"We struggle to get enough sponsors for the Wide Bay League, so it would be tough to do it at state level.”

Other clubs including Alloway and Bargara said no to entering with Diggers and Bingera unlikely to sign on.

The NewsMail contacted both clubs but they were unavailable to comment.

Meanwhile Football Wide Bay has also expressed interest in having one side represent the region.

"Wide Bay have put in an expression of interest to cover all licences, just in case it turns out that no club will be able to go alone,” administrative officer Peter Guest said.

"Wide Bay will have some involvement but that will come out of discussions with clubs.”

Clubs that have registered interest will now have one month to deliver a business plan to Football Queensland before final decisions on new state teams are made in April.



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