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Victoria beckons for Gold Coast

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The AFL has confirmed that talented Queensland teenagers will be given the chance to opt out of the next national draft, to instead sign up for the new Gold Coast franchise. The initial development squad will play in the Victorian elite Under 18 TAC Cup in 2009 and the VFL in 2010, before entering the AFL in 2011.

The AFL's General Manager of National and International Development, David Matthews, said "It is our view that the fast-tracking of the young talent who will join the Gold Coast list is best served by playing in the TAC Cup competition in 2009, with a mix of matches in Victoria and home games on the Gold Coast".

Former Brisbane Lions triple premiership player Michael Voss continues to firm as favourite to coach the side, and plans are underway to extend the Voss scholarship program to form a football academy in Queensland, with educational help provided for promising athletes.

Interesting things to ponder are - could young international talent be given opportunities at the academy, was Queensland's poor form in the second division of the Under 18 championships a true reflection of their talent, will any of the three Papuans in Queensland's under 16 squad be listed by the Gold Coast, and will we start hearing of similar plans for a western Sydney squad next year, and do Tasmania have a genuine chance of being in the mix?

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Victoria beckons for Gold Coast
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, June 07 2008 @ 03:53 pm ACST

Looks like some some stiff competition for the hearts and minds of Gold Coast people - they've got a national Rugby League side and this guy seems to have as much money to throw at soccer as he wants.


Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Victoria beckons for Gold Coast
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, June 13 2008 @ 12:53 pm ACST
The relative quiet on Western Sydney is over - plans are getting underway already with possibility of them fielding a side in the Victorian TAC Under 18s next year, as the Gold Coast are expected to. Though I would've thought 2010 would be more likely, since entry into the AFL isn't expected until 2012.


Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN