THE Mid West season is starting, but the final make-up of the Oberon Tigers side remains uncertain.
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That's because the Tigers are awaiting word on whether several players who left the club this season will be allowed back after the Group 10 premier league season was abandoned for 2020.
But Tigers president Ian Christie-Johnston says one thing is certain.
Christie-Johnston said that regardless of the outcome regarding Group 10 players, the club currently has the numbers to field a competitive team for Mid West.
"We made that decision to go back to second division due to our player numbers, but we definitely have the player numbers to play in this competition," he said, in regards to last year's difficult call.
"The local guys love their footy and just want to get out there and play. They're keen to get onto the field."
Christie-Johnston named St Pat's signings Jackson Brien and Blake Fitzpatrick as players in consideration for a return to Oberon for this season. Their status is under review, though the club is hopeful their local connection strengthens their case.
"I'm not sure how that situation is going, but because Group 10 has folded we've been hoping to get local juniors into the club," Christie-Johnston said.
"We're keen to get them a couple of games because they're passionate about their footy as well. That's the likes of Jackson Brien and Blake Fitzpatrick, who were intending to play in the elite competition but want to come and have a run with a couple of their mates."
Christie-Johnston said it's a tougher time for the women's side, who once again will be playing down on personnel in 2020.
"Our girls will be in the same position as when they were going into the Group 10 competition; they'll be struggling for numbers. They'll likely have the bare minimum amount every week, but that's just the nature of it. They always had that expectation."
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