RSL backs the Buccaneers in first season
THE business community has been slow to "back the Buccs” but Wide Bay Buccaneers general manager Peter Guest believes that will change once their campaign begins.
Guest made the comments on Thursday, when the Hervey Bay RSL was unveiled as the new Football Queensland Premier League club's major sponsor.
While the football community has embraced the Buccaneers, he admitted the business community had been slow to support the club so far.
"People can be sceptical to start off with, with a new club,” Guest said.
"It's been a long time since we've had a representative team in this area.
"Once people start getting on board it'll grow, and the business community will see we're the real deal.”
Hervey Bay RSL community engagement officer Sarah Bailey said they chose to back the Buccaneers as it helped local juniors.
"This seems like a great opportunity for young people to develop their skills,” Mrs Bailey said.
"We look at it on the local side of things, and what we actually are giving to local community, and what the juniors will achieve out of this and what we can do to help them achieve their dreams.”
Guest said the Buccaneers' partnership with Hervey Bay RSL will allow the new franchise to compete in the revamped state-wide competition.
"Everyone is aware that with the Buccaneers in 2018 and the next five years, it's a heavy financial burden on the club, being new,” Guest said.
"We didn't have any backing beside us to start off with, so with the RSL coming on board we're looking forward to working with them.”
The Buccaneers will start their season against Holland Park Hawks at Martens Oval, Bundaberg, on February 3.