FOOTBALL: Coolum has received a significant boost in its bid to remain in the region's premier soccer competition.
A selection of players has expressed an interest in lacing-up for the Dolphins, within days of a story featuring coach Alex Murphy.
He cut a dejected figure on Tuesday and said the club was unlikely to field division one and two teams because many men did not want to commit to an extended 27-round season.
Murphy said they want to take part in the shorter division three and four competitions instead, leaving gaping holes in the top two teams.
But on Thursday he was more optimistic.
"I have had four blokes ring me since the article,” he said.
"(They said) 'I'm looking for a change. I'll come over.'
"One guy from Tasmania was on a holiday at the time and he's moving here and he's seen it and said 'I'll come and see you.
"It's football isn't it, so who knows...while there's hope....”
"I'd hate to see it not go through. I'd like there to be a premier league side. We'll see what happens. Who knows what (new players) we'll get.”
Murphy said the club committee was "pretty adamant” there will be first and second division sides and Dolphins HQ posted a promising message on social media.
"The club has every intention of fielding teams...,” it read, before inviting players to pre-season training on Thursday night.
It also said Simon Gerbic had recently stood aside from the club presidency to "focus on business, personal commitments and to play football.”
"We thank everyone for their continued support and are looking forward to a great season in 2017.”
Coolum's won its last piece of premier silverware in 2004 but has largely struggled since.
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