IT has made for much better reading since Bundaberg's New South Wales signings joined the ranks in round 11 this season.
Since Adam Ormsby and Nick Fitzgerald – later joined by Ray Miller – came on board, the Spirit has chalked up nine competition points and have secured either a draw or win in 50% of their games.
If the Spirit was able to convert any one of their three draws into wins they could have been in the top four teams since the half-way mark.
The wooden spooners have conceded 38 more goals than they have scored this year, but only 12 more since round 10.
Take out a 7-1 loss to the Brisbane Strikers and 4-1 defeat at the hands of FNQ Bulls and they are more or less on even terms.
It is proof that the money laid out for the Sydney trio was well spent and a real indication of what is required to compete in the QSL.
Assistant coach Tony Roebuck said it was hard to ignore the impact the three recruits had made.
“They've been great for us and have really become part of the group,” he said.
A superb finish by Nick Fitzgerald last week was something they missed last year, the towering presence of Adam Ormsby in defence has been invaluable and Ray Miller's ability to beat multiple players is simply mesmerising.
Miller is signed to the Spirit until September next year, while Roebuck will make the trip south in an attempt to lure more young talent to Martens Oval in 2011.
But before that the team has one final challenge – taking on minor premiers Sunshine Coast at home on Sunday from 3pm.
QSL ladder since round 10
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