Nick Fitzgerald, left, and Ray Miller, right and centre, have expressed interest in pulling on the boots for the Spirit again next season.
Nick Fitzgerald, left, and Ray Miller, right and centre, have expressed interest in pulling on the boots for the Spirit again next season.

Clubs high Spirits

FOOTBALL Bundaberg chairman Greg Bath hopes some familiar faces – and a few new ones – will give Bundaberg Spirit a competitive edge in the 2011 Queensland State League Competition.

Central Coast Mariner recruits Adam Ormsby and Nick Fitzgerald and Sydney FC talent Ray Miller have expressed interest in returning to Bundaberg for a second campaign.

The talented trio joined the Spirit mid-season and helped the ailing team win back some pride after a devastating three-year losing streak.

“They were tireless workers for us and we are extremely keen to get them back on board for next year,” Bathsaid.

Football Bundaberg officials have been in discussion with the trio and other un-named imports in an attempt to rectify the team’s unflattering record in the 2010 season.

While the long-standing losing streak was broken, Spirit still failed to claw its way from the bottom of the Queensland State League ladder.

“I think if we had the services of these guys from the start of the season it would have been a different scenario,” Bath said.

Bath said the organisation was seeking five marquee players to complement local talent on offer and make Spirit a competitive force in the coming season.

“It was pretty obvious the effect our recruits had this year and we think with a couple more we will have a highly competitive team on our hands,” he said.

Miller, Fitzgerald and Ormsby are still on contract with Spirit and would only be released if an A-League offer presented itself.

“They’ve got to look after their careers, but at this stage they’re eager to return,” he said.

“The guys really took to the lifestyle out here and the culture of the team.”

Football Bundaberg will trial other potential imports in coming weeks.



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