Maryborough in the clear

MARYBOROUGH Football Netball Club will remain in the Bendigo Football Netball League in 2014.

After a two-month campaign to attract enough footballers to fill three sides, the Magpies have the numbers to compete this season.

In recent weeks the under-18s were of most concern, but the BFNL and Maryborough president Mick Reid confirmed on Tuesday the Magpies had the support to play in 2014.

Reid said an influx of under-18 players in recent weeks was a great sign for the club.

"A number of our under-16 team from last year have decided to play under-18s with the club and we've also had a number of players from district leagues come into Maryborough,'' Reid said.

"These kids have decided it's better for their footy to play under-18s with Maryborough rather than seconds footy in the district league.

"We're very happy with the outcome. We have the numbers for this year across the board, so it's business as usual as far as we're concerned."

AFL Central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams said in a statement the Magpies had the BFNL's support for 2014.

“The BFNL has a responsibility and immediate focus to strengthen and grow football and netball within our region and assist clubs to have solid foundations both on and off-field. Our immediate focus is to assist Maryborough in anyway we can,”  Abrams said.

“This is a positive sign that Maryborough will have enough numbers for season 2014.

"We hope that any players who are waiting to see what happens with Maryborough commit to the club and assist them to be competitive in season 2014.”

Reid said the numbers for the seniors and reserves were strong, but the club was still trying to secure some quality recruits.

"Quantity is okay, but we would like to get two or three more quality midfielders,'' Reid said.

"Our focus is going to be on promoting our youth, so we'd like two or three experienced guys to play through the middle of the ground just to help the young guys out."

Reid said co-coaches Jamie Bond and Glen Chadwick are confident the Magpies will be competitive on the field in the seniors.

"We don't think we'll cop floggings every week,'' Reid said.

"There's some good young talent there. We've got about 26 players who are more than capable of playing senior footy.

"Throw into that some of the under-18 players that we will give an opportunity to and we'll have a good list.

"Ideally, we just need a couple more senior bodies to top off the list."

Maryborough has the numbers to compete in the BFNL

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