After a breakthrough 2016 season which saw them just miss out on a place in the grand final, the Sunshine Coast Falcons are looking forward to next year’s Intrust Super Cup season.
“History tells us that the vast majority of clubs who are successful on the field have a very solid and stable back office and that is something that we have worked very hard to create over the past few years,” Falcons CEO Chris Flannery said.
The club have made a number of key announcements this past week, including the return of Vantage Homes as the naming rights sponsor for the 2017 season.
Flannery also noted the support of the Sunshine Coast Council and their recently announced 2.4 million dollar upgrades to Sunshine Coast Stadium as reasons for Falcons fans to be excited about the 2017 season.
“In my opinion, Sunshine Coast Stadium is already one of the best venues in the Intrust Super Cup to watch rugby league, but with the Sunshine Coast Council’s recent investment and support, it will no doubt become even more popular with fans and families alike wanting to sit on the hill in the sun and watch some high quality football.”
In preparation for the season ahead, the club has make some key signings, highlighted by the inclusion of the experienced Scott Anderson, who has played more than 150 first grade matches in both the NRL and Super League for the Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos and Wakefield Wildcats.
“To sign someone of Scott’s calibre to the Falcons is a real coup for us and shows that we are heading in the right direction,” Falcons head coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.
“It’s not every day that a front-rower with over 150 first grade games and an NRL premiership comes onto the market and we are very excited about securing his services for the next two years.”
Sunshine Coast Falcons 2017 Gains and Losses
Scott Anderson (Wakefield Wildcats – Super League), Haydan Lipp (Ipswich Jets), Liam McDonald (Easts Tigers), Donald Malone (Easts Tigers), Dane Hogan (Easts Tigers), Whetu Austin (Easts Tigers), Guy Hamilton (Easts Tigers), Harrison Muller (Cronulla Sharks), Gerard Tema (CQ Capras), Sean Yorston (Norths Devils), Matt Mizzi (Norths Devils), Moses Noovao-McGreal (Manly NYC), Rob Buaserau (Dapto Canaries), Connor Donehue (Melbourne Storm NYC), Lachlan Timm (Melbourne Storm NYC)
Ryley Jacks (Melbourne Storm), Tui Kamikamica (Melbourne Storm), Jacob Samoa (Blacktown), Tom Murphy (France), Ryan Hansen (retired), Callum Klein (Valleys BRL), Rowan Klein (Valleys BRL), Paul Ivan (Valleys BRL), Brett Doherty (Valleys BRL)
Where they finished in 2016: 5th on the ladder, preliminary finalists (Finals Week 3)
2017 coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
QRL Media are featuring the gains and losses for the 2017 season for each of the Intrust Super Cup clubs in coming weeks. Stay tuned to QRL.com.au to see all the player movement!
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