ON TARGET: West's Joshua Tanner will captain the team this season. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
ON TARGET: West's Joshua Tanner will captain the team this season. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Panthers aiming to overcome adversity this season

WESTERN Suburbs have a simple message for their supporters this season.

Following a turbulent off-season which involved the closing of their CQ leagues club last month, coach Nathan Tanner said the team would still be able to compete in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade.

"To our supporters, the footy club is fine and we will be as competitive as we can be," he said.

"Most of the guys have played together before and we can't wait for the season to start."

Who do you think will win the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership?

This poll ended on 25 March 2016.

Current Results

Easts Magpies

4%

Hervey Bay Seagulls

29%

Isis Devils

4%

Past Brothers (defending premiers)

27%

Wallaroos

8%

Waves Tigers

15%

Wests Panthers

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Unfortunately the loss of the leagues club has come at some cost.

Major sponsors have left the team and the side has had limited training sessions after being forced to move their training sessions to the afternoon.

Tanner though was quick to quash any rumours the club would struggle this season.

"The club will still run as normal this season," he said.

"We've recruited well and the aim is to qualify for the semi-finals and the grand final."

Among those new recruits include fullback Danny Moran and former junior Matty Tanner who joins after playing for Easts during the last few years.

The team faces the Wallaroos at 4.30pm today at Stafford Park.