Wallaroos enter discussions
MARYBOROUGH Wallaroos have entered into initial discussions with Bundaberg Rugby League after a dominant year on the Fraser Coast.
The former BRL heavyweights made an exit from the competition last year after claiming the premiership against Brothers, but are now contemplating a return to Salter Oval.
Wallaroos secretary Noel Glazier said committee members were in favour of a move north, but the decision would ultimately lie with the players.
“Bundaberg has one of the best competitions in country Queensland and is always closely contested,” he said.
“I think it would be good for the guys, especially the younger players, coming up to play at that standard.”
Glazier said opinion among players was divided, with some reluctant to commit to the extra travel time required.
“At the moment they’re playing of a Friday night, so some of the boys are a bit reluctant to devote a whole day of their weekend to football,” he said.
Wallaroos clearly outclassed their opponents in the Fraser Coast competition, with a sole loss to Maryborough Brothers the only blight on an otherwise flawless season.
Glazier said the committee would meet with players in coming weeks to gauge interest before entering official discussions with the BRL.
“We need to talk out the positives and negatives of making the move and make sure the commitment of the players is there,” he said.
BRL president Mal Breen welcomed talks with the club, but said the issue needed to be discussed at a committee level.
“They always produce a good, competitive side and we are always looking to improve our competition,” he said.
“But at this stage nothing is set in stone.
“It’s something that needs to be discussed by directors and officials and deliberated at a league level.”