HELP NEEDED: As the club searches for more players, Turvey Park president Vin Carroll addresses those at training at Maher Oval on Tuesday night. Picture: Laura HardwickEMBATTLED Riverina League club Turvey Park have gone public in their plea for players.
The Bulldogs have endured a tough couple of months and have now come out on front foot in a bid to ensure their future.
About 40 players have departed Maher Oval over the off-season, including 24 that played a first grade game last year.
Turvey Park have now launched a series of player incentives and gone public in an unprecedented move to boost numbers.
Turvey Park will pay $100 a game to every first grade player this season.
They have also set up bonus payments for Turvey Park juniors that go on to play 50 or more games for the club.
Turvey Park president Vin Carroll put the call out for any new or existing players to get on board.
“It’s getting to the stage now where we need a few more,” Carroll said.
“It’s been a real battle and it’s getting really tough.
“We’ve got a good core of good senior players, we just need to top up a bit.
“There has been a fair drop off from the under 17s to seniors for whatever reason.
“We want them to come right through from 15s to seniors so we’ve decided to add an incentive for that.”
The exodus is not simply restricted to the football field either.
“We’re putting out the call to all ex-players and supporters,” Carroll said.
“We’re looking for people to come back and support the club and help out.
“Rather than hearing ‘you should do this, or you should do that’, I’d love to hear ‘I’ll do this or I’ll do that.”
Turvey Park’s 2015 campaign started strongly with the appointment of Troy Maiden as their new coach, followed by a handful of signings, headed by former Eastlake captain Chad Gibson.
Over the last few months, things have unraveled with Gibson’s unavoidable departure due to employment the biggest blow.
“Before Christmas, it was unreal, we had everything done by Christmas and it was all looking good,” Carroll said.
“I would have swore we were going to finish top three.”
Long-time Turvey Park official Barb Hill urged players and supporters to get behind the club.
“It’s devastating to see the club this way,” Hill said.
“I don’t want to see it fold.
“The club has been here since 1952, we’ve got to try and keep it afloat.”
Turvey Park plans to visit schools in a bid to welcome more players to the club.
The club is also willing to negotiate for more than $100 for the right players.
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