Diehards hold on
VALLEYS Rugby League Club officials have ruled out the possibility of amalgamation as they strive to secure the Diehards' future in the CQ Extended League competition.
Valleys chairman John Sharpe said the club would seek to retain its identity regardless of whether or not it was accepted into the revamped Extended League competition.
He said the club would consider playing in another competition if not accepted into Extended League.
Having already appointed former NRL player Shane Kenward as coach, the club's committee is now seeking to meet the criteria set out by Queensland Rugby League Central Division.
Each of the nine clubs which contested the 2005 Extended League premiership have been issued with the criteria for inclusion in the 2006 season.
Clubs have been asked to meet a set of standards in financial and administrative areas, provide adequate player numbers and playing and spectator facilities and have qualified coaching and medical personnel, among other criteria.
Sharpe said although the Diehards struggled in A grade and reserve grade this year, the club wished to maintain its identity to help foster its impressive list of young talent coming through the ranks.
The Valleys Junior Rugby League Club again proved its depth of talent with good performances across the age groups this year as did the senior club's under-19 outfit.
'This year, Valleys Juniors had the highest player base in the junior competition and were represented in the grand finals in all international grades,' Sharpe said, adding the Diehards won two of the three international titles.
'Our under-19 team has won the local grand final for the past two seasons ? these are the players who will move up to become senior footballers.
'It is for them that we are determined to meet the criteria set by CQ to be part of the Extended League in our own right.