Granville could step up in 2018.
Granville could step up in 2018. Alistair Brightman

Could Granville Tigers roar in a future Wide Bay League?

GRANVILLE must welcome an influx of players if it is to feature in a future Wide Bay League season.

The Tigers, who played in Fraser Coast League's top two male divisions and the second division women's competition in 2017, have outlined a plan to play against the best Football Wide Bay has to offer.

Granville president Allen Ascough is under no illusion it will take time, with an appearance in the second tier Wide Bay League 2 the first goal to hit.

Ascough admitted the club would need to welcome at least 11 players - enough for a whole starting team - in order to not only compete, but to maintain its current offering to local players.

"Player numbers will drive us,” Ascough said. "Whether its next year or the year after, we need to get those players into the club first.

"Naturally, we don't want to have that gap between Fraser Coast's division two and Wide Bay League. Our second division players wouldn't want to play in the top league.”

The number of established Fraser Coast clubs will only make the Tigers' mission more difficult.

"It will be a challenge. You've got clubs like Doon Villa and Sunbury that are established, and you don't want to take away from them,” Ascough said.

The Tigers experienced a slight decrease in teams in 2017, but Ascough said he hoped Granville would field more junior teams next year.

The 2018 season will mark Wide Bay's first appearance in the Football Queensland Premier League in years.

Ascough said he believed the Buccaneers' inclusion would help create more equal competitions in all grades.

Granville Football Club will hold its AGM on Wednesday, January 10, at the club's Banana St home.



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