SPORTING codes in Gladstone are excited about the changes lined up for the new sport section in Monday's Observer, which starts June 16.
The revamped section will be spread out over an eight-page lift-out, with in-depth match reports, scoring tables, and wider coverage of different sports.
Among those looking forward to the changes is Clinton's CQ Premier League centre-midfield Scott Rouse.
"I would definitely be able to read the paper and be interested in it more; I would at least read the sport section and see what they are saying about our team and the game," he said.
"It is always good getting another person's perspective that is not biased."
The sports fan said the expanded section would help boost the profile of all codes, and was something he would look forward to as a player and reader.
"I'm interested in every sport there, so I would gladly read rugby, AFL and tennis, and whatever else is there. It's always good to see how Gladstone compares to other teams, if it's Gladstone against Rocky or something."
The sentiment is echoed by Gladstone Rugby League president Glenn Butcher.
He said the move towards more match-based reporting would be a welcome change, as people would be able to catch up on games they missed on the weekend.
"On a Friday or Saturday, people want to know what their thoughts are on the game that is coming up and people are interested in what happens if they couldn't get out to the game," he said.
"It's interesting to read about different sports that are happening around the region, that you normally wouldn't show any interest in."
President of the Gladstone Mudcrabs, Michael Galonski said he looked forward to the detailed analysis of matches and having a broader section of names in print.
"They (the players) get really keen to see their name in the paper," he said.
"It helps attract people to the sport; there's a lot of people that don't know that we have AFL here."
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