AFL dreams put on hold
AFTER a year of living like an AFL footballer, the dream of playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in 2011 appears over for half of this year’s under-18 TAC Cup team.
GCFC has contracted 10 Queensland players from its current list and will undergo major changes to make room for a new crop of young talent recruited from around Australia.
Because of the sheer number of players who will soon come on to the club’s list, up to 15 players have been delisted with some expected to be drafted by AFL clubs, return to the QAFL competition or play with other state leagues.
Damien Steven, Brad Rees, Mitch Harley, Matt Fowler, Todd Grayson, Rory Thompson, Cheyne Hutchinson, Tayler Rofle, Ryan Thomson, Daniel Ramage, Trent Manzone, Declan Bevan, Gerard Moore, Hamish Watts and Josh Milani are all on the way out.
But with the club to play in the VFL next year, certain players from this group will be invited back and paid to play for the GCFC.
Five players – Rex Liddy, Luke Shreeve, Lewis Moss, Liam Rutledge and Jake Crawford – from the current squad will remain.
This group will form part of the train-on squad that will be given at least 12 months to be in the GCFC football program.
‘‘The nasty part is that every year you have to regenerate your list,’’ said coach Guy McKenna.
‘‘The difficult thing for me is to take my emotion out of it.
‘‘The blokes have done a fantastic job joining this club with no guarantees.
‘‘It comes as a sacrifice in their life.
‘‘They have put all their time and effort into becoming a Gold Coast footballer.
‘‘But some might not become Gold Coast footballers. They might become Carlton footballers and that’s great.’’
Coach Guy McKenna is full of praise for his squad