Love of the club
THERE will be no Orara Valley players on a contract in 2011.
Club president Darryl Fisher revealed that the Axemen are unleashing a new era in the club’s history with the decision not to pay out big dollars to any of its players in the upcoming season.
Fisher said that a lot of discussion was held with several key stakeholders regarding the direction but added that the decision has become a major positive.
“We’re extremely lucky to have a core group of senior blokes willing to put their loyalty to the club ahead of themselves,” Fisher said.
“There will still be funds available for the benefit of the playing group but it will be in the form of training kit, an end of season trip etc., rather than in cash and everyone in the squad will be rewarded equally.”
Fisher added that it was initially a decision made out of financial necessity but he was quick to point out that he believed there were few players who deserved to receive large amounts of money in the first place.
“In my experience at various levels in the game, I haven’t seen a strong correlation between the amount of money players are paid and the level of professionalism they display,” he said.
“Already we’re seeing a strong positive culture within the training group that I think will continue to grow and attract others as much as dollars will.
“It’s quite and exciting time, the overall response so far has been fantastic and I think it’s a great opportunity for players, supporters and sponsors, both new and old, to come and be a part of it.”
Orara Valley’s new first grade coaches Grant Douglass and Paul Tomlinson were more than happy with the decision, confident that if anything, the new regime will improve performances on the field.
“It’ll be nice to know in the 75th minute and four points down that everyone on the field is out there for the same reasons you are,” Douglass said.
“We’ve got a very tight knit core group already and I think the concept presents an opportunity to young players and more experienced ones, to be part of a culture focused on that type of positive environment.”