Rosewood says 'no' to merger

ROSEWOOD coach Michael Armstrong insists his players do not want to play in an amalgamated side.

He pointed to joint ventures in the NRL, such as the Northern Eagles, that have not worked.

But the passionate support for the Roosters is the key reason why he says Brisbane Valley Dragons does not suit Rosewood.

"It doesn't work in the NRL when they have thrown millions of dollars at it and they still fall in a heap, so I don't know how they expect country clubs to survive when there is not that financial backing to start with," he said.

"We get great support from our local crowds. Anyone who has been to the finals where Rosewood plays would see a sea of red and white, and when the C-grade finals are finished it leaves a bit of a gap.

"The locals love their rugby league and they want to support something that is here, and not have to travel all over the place to be involved."

Armstrong said the Rosewood juniors would have nowhere to go and nothing to aspire to if the Roosters lose their identity.

"This joint-venture is definitely not a Rosewood team for them to support.

"We are only playing C-grade, but we have got boys that travel here to play for the town because they were originally from the area.

"The guys are mates and want to play for each other and represent Rosewood."

Armstrong said the players were frustrated because of the uncertainty over the future and due to the late start to the C- grade comp.

"The IRL has already been playing for weeks, but we don't start until April 26 - a month after everyone else. And we finish before everyone else.

"The guys only get 10 games. I spoke to the QRL and said these guys will play all year if you let them.

"The only thing that is keeping them here is loyalty to the town and the team."

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