Southern exodus has local impact

ISIS Devils president Tony Russo believed his club may benefit from the withdrawal of Wallaroos and the Seagulls.

The Childers-based club has had a long association with Wallaroos through premiership-winning coach Scott, who was at the helm of Isis in the past.

It would be the most likely spot for Fraser Coast-based players keen to remain in the BRL competition.

“It could end up helping us because we might be able to pick up a few of those guys,” Russo said yesterday.

Last year the club struck a southern connection when it signed boom forward Tyrone Hopgood from Hervey Bay Seagulls.

Russo said Hopgood, who attracted attention from Sydney clubs last year, had indicated he wanted to stay in Childers this season.

“We should have a good roster next year, most of the players have said they would be returning next year,” he said.

New Brothers president David Bond said his side would focus on retaining and improving its current crop, including its under-18 team which won the competition last year.

“In saying that, if someone came knocking we would not completely turn our backs,” Bond said.

The outlook of next season will be discussed at the league's annual general meeting next month.



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