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New president at greyhound club

NEW BOSS: Paul Burgess (centre) has taken over as president of the Bundaberg Greyhound Club. He is with Mitchell Johnson, Brodie Burgess, Chris Scott and greyhound Smart Matty.
NEW BOSS: Paul Burgess (centre) has taken over as president of the Bundaberg Greyhound Club. He is with Mitchell Johnson, Brodie Burgess, Chris Scott and greyhound Smart Matty. Paul Donaldson BUN171216DOG5

GREYHOUNDS: Paul Burgess is ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

The greyhound trainer has taken over as the president of the Bundaberg Greyhound Club in the past couple of weeks.

Burgess replaces Stephen Bland, who was at the helm for almost three years.

"He'd had enough and wanted to move on,” Burgess said.

"I came in because I wanted to keep the club afloat.

"I want to help out as much as I can.”

Burgess feels the way he can do that is trying to bring the crowds back to Thabeban Park.

He admits the previous few months have been hard for the club.

"Numbers have fallen quite drastically and really only trainers and family turn up,” he said.

"We need to be getting the kids out here and that then allows the rest of the family to come out and watch as well.”

Burgess said the introduction of a TAB facility would also help significantly.

It is one of his aims as president.

"I can't reveal too much at the moment as we have been in discussions with Racing Queensland,” he said.

"It's been good and they are definitely listening to what we have to say.”

The club will hold a meeting today with five races on the card.

Action starts at 1.30pm.