Development League is back and the kids's will play!!

On Monday night Proctor (Head Coach) confirmed the club’s Development League plan, saying it had the full support of other State League clubs.

He believed it would provide the best environment possible for the players to learn about the game and themselves as players.

“We made what we think is a bold decision to withdraw our teams from the NWFL, based on what we thought was best for these kids,’’ he said.

“For two years, we were prepared to suffer some short-term pain for what we thought was long-term gain, but in the end it was unfair to keep sending them out against men [in the NWFL].

“We think they are going to get a lot more out of this, playing against more younger players, which will be much better for their development.

UNITED FORCE: Burnie State League, under 18, women and junior players, as well as supporters, at a recent training session. 

“We will now get the opportunity to teach these kids elite habits and standards and really learn about the modern game.

“The Burnie Football Club has an obligation to have an elite pathway for young players, and we think this [being part of the Development League] will enable that.”

The club has already had success in that area this season, with the hope further improvement would come from being part of the Development League.

Eight Dockers are part of the Tassie Mariners program in a sign of the young talent that has been nurtured at the club in recent times.

State League general manager Carl Saunder confirmed on Monday that AFL Tasmania had received Burnie’s submission.

"We are currently working through it with our operational staff and our eight other clubs but they have been incredibly supportive of the notion,’’ Saunder said.

“We need to look into the fixture and its impact on the competition as a whole but we see it as highly probable that Burnie would join the Development League for 2017.”

The seven-team Development League is scheduled to kick-off on April 1, the day after the State League launches for the new season.

Proctor also revealed that a sub-committee had been formed to help look after the club’s under 16s, 14s and 12s.

The junior teams would play in the NWFL as the Burnie Junior Football Club, but still wear the Dockers colours.

“What we want is for the city of Burnie to really embrace the Burnie Dockers, and for any young players in the city who wants to play the game to do it here.”