New Gold Coast Rugby League chairman Dean Glover grew up playing football for Tugun and is confident a strong competition will attract players and fans.
New Gold Coast Rugby League chairman Dean Glover grew up playing football for Tugun and is confident a strong competition will attract players and fans.

Gold Coast league has new boss

GOLD Coast Rugby League has a new boss, and he calls Tugun home.

Former Tugun Leagues Club president Dean Glover was elected to the hot seat about two weeks ago, after being nominated by Bilambil Leagues Club.

“I didn’t expect to be chairman, and I was reluctant at first, but now that I’m in I’m very enthusiastic about it,” Glover said.

“I’m looking forward to it.

“When Gold Coast Rugby League started up in 2004 I was president of Tugun and had a lot to do with the board and the operations manager.”

Glover praised the efforts of former chairman Craig Marks, who stood down from the top job after four seasons due to work commitments.

“I don’t think I need to bring in a lot of new things because the last chairman did a really good job,” Glover said.

But growing the game, keeping it competitive with the other codes, and luring back the fans has to be on his mind.

He says the answer to that is simple – good matches.

“The way we want to bring fans back is by making it a strong competition,” Glover said.

“We’re talking to clubs at the moment that are having financial difficulties.

“The sport has really grown over the past few years.

“The competition’s going from strength to strength.”

Glover said professional players, such as Richie Williams and John Flint, had helped boost the competition.

Although Glover denied there would be any favouritism for the southern clubs, it is hard to deny his roots in the area.

“I grew up playing football for Tugun,” Glover said.

“I played a couple of years for South Tweed and then went back to Tugun.

“The southern end is a great rugby league district. They’re great, strong clubs – Bilambil, South Tweed and Tugun.”

Glover’s son plays in the under-13 competition at Tugun and his daughter plays touch football.

Gold Coast Rugby League’s unchanged officials are vice-president Scott Rae, treasurer Doug Lipp and secretary Debbie Marzella.



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