The club previously known as the Redland Sharks Junior Football Club, has undergone a rebranding and will now be known as the Victoria Point Sharks Junior Football Club.
“At the present moment, we as a junior club don’t have a complete alignment with either team, meaning not every player from our juniors has the opportunity to play from juniors through to seniors for the same club wearing the same jersey,” said McGill.
According to McGill, the Sharks junior club will still maintain a strong relationship with the senior Redland Bombers, who currently play in the NEAFL competition.
“As has occurred over past years, all players of the correct age that show the commitment and ability to warrant the invitation to join NEAFL pre-season will happen on a case-by-case basis,” he said.
The decision comes after a number of years of losing talented young players to rival clubs, due to them not receiving invitations to join the NEAFL list.
“This alignment will minimize this trend and hence strengthen our club for many years to come,” said McGill.
The Redland Sharks Junior Committee voted unanimously for the alignment to proceed at a meeting held on Tuesday 19th of September.
The club jersey will be same red and black striped jersey worn by the Victoria Point seniors and the song, similar to the Richmond Tigers tune, will also be that of the senior club.
The changes are set to take place before season 2018.
By Sean Melrose