OVERHAULED: Diggers out as Football Gympie unites
EXCLUSIVE: In one of the biggest overhauls in the organisations history, football Gympie yesterday announced it will enter a combined team in the Sunshine Coast division one and division two premierships next season, in favour of existing Gympie club Diggers.
The Gympie United Gladiators will be made up of representatives from all four local clubs including Golden City, Columbia, Diggers and lions.
Football Gympie president Joel Albion sees the major move a step in the right direction for a unified organisation.
"We are not trying to take anything away from Diggers, just continue the work that they have done,” Albion said.
"We acknowledge that it (Diggers) may not have been sustainable in it current form.
"We are aiming to recruit from all four Gympie clubs and we want them and the town to support it,” he said.
Diggers have struggled in the Sunshine Coast premiership this year, completing the second half of the season without a coach.
Albion hopes the united front will boost the prospects of Gympie's chances in the top-flight.
He said it was important that Gympie maintained a presence in the higher league.
"Ultimately it is about forging pathways,” he said.
"We don't want people to just sit back, we want them to support this.
"We have the best pitch on the Sunshine Coast and I know the Sunshine Coast Football federation love having Gympie as part of the competition.
"It is exciting to have a Gympie team that is run by the association.”
While the final design of the Gladiators moniker is not yet finalised.
Albion said it would incorporate the colours and emblems of all the Gympie clubs.
Diggers are set to still maintain a presence in the local competition.