Gympie United Gladiators Jarod Healy and Billy Bayldon.
Gympie United Gladiators Jarod Healy and Billy Bayldon. Renee Albrecht

Gladiators look the part, can they perform?

Football: Unveiling their new strip, the Gladiators side has taken shape in time for the Pre-season Cup tonight.

Gladiators' left back Jarod Healy said the team was looking forward to the challenge.

"We have had a great start to pre-season and with our new coach, we are in a much better position compared to the last few years,” Healy said. "It feels right this year.”

Wearing the new strip for the first time against Coolum at One Mile Ovals, Healy said he was impressed with the colours and wanted to perform well.

"There was a good win last weekend in our trial game, but this weekend will be our first big challenge,” he said.

"I am looking forward to the side merging together because some of us have not played together for a while. It will be a change to try out some new formations.”

Healy said he was hoping the side could get a win this weekend and for the Gladiators to make the top four in the regular season.

Gladiators coach Kyle Nix said the on-field seniors would have to take control.

"They need to take that extra responsibility,” Nix said.

"If we have about five senior players talking, that will give us an advantage over the opposition.

"We can't keep looking back at previous games.”

Football Gympie president Joel Albion said it was great seeing the boys in their new strip but the focus was on the boys performing well.

"When the boys put them on and were out on the pitch, it looked really good,” Albion said.

"Saturday will be the first competitive match and while we want to see results we just want to see them on the pitch.”

Football Gympie worked hard to form the side and Albion said he wanted the players to be fierce.

"We want our home ground to be a fortress,” he said.

"Billy Bayldon has been playing for a few years, it's time for him to really step up.”

The number of members is lower than previous years, and Albion is hoping the Gladiators can boost it.

"I want the Gympie United Gladiators to get the game growing again,” he said.

"There were 1700 members, we are just on 1000.

"If we can get those numbers up to even 1100 that would be great.”

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