Francis takes the top job
IT’S been a stellar year for the Gympie Devils. Its top side won the club’s first A Grade rugby league premiership and new president Brett Francis wants to keep that momentum rolling in 2011.
Francis was elected to the top job after premiership winning president Scott Dodt resigned from the roll at the annual general meeting last month.
Francis said he had big shoes to fill at the club, but was hoping to help take the Devils to its second premiership win in a row.
“I have been busy trying to capitalise on last season’s success,” Francis said.
“It is a hard act to follow, but we need to back up all the good work done at the club over the past five years since Burnsie (Darren Burns) came on board.”
At the moment Francis and his new committee including secretary Mick Curran, treasurer Correne Leitch and registrar Gary Hanson are working on the new playing roster for 2011.
He said the club had managed to secure most of last season’s premiership winning side with the exception of Darren Burns and Craig Marshall who have retired and hopes to sign some new talent.
One player in the Devils’ sights is former Bronco under 21 player and ex- Devil Josh Williams.
Francis said the club was currently in talks with the speedster.
“He is a world beater and dominated the comp last time he played here.
“If he puts his mind to it he could easily be the best player in the league.
“With the roster we have at this stage I am confident the club could push for two in a row,” he said.
But Francis reminded players and supporters the club could never have done so well if it didn’t have the support of the community. He said the club is looking to become more family friendly in 2011 and attract bigger crowds to the game.
Resigning president Scott Dodt would still have a big role to play in the club according to Francis.
“Dodty is chasing sponsors and looking after player recruitment, he is still heavily involved in the club,” Francis said.
John Greensil will remain as coach.