Nambour Crushers halfback David Oakes in action against Caboolture in 2019. Picture: File
Nambour Crushers halfback David Oakes in action against Caboolture in 2019. Picture: File

Crushers add talent to roster ahead of season launch

Nambour Crushers have kept their A-grade squad intact despite finances having been crippled by impacts of the pandemic.

They have also managed to secure two former Queensland Cup players.

Club president Mark Turner said none of the players who were due to play last year had requested a release of contract for this season.

It means the likes of 2019 Sunshine Coast Rugby League player of the year Brenton Stonier, and stalwarts Dylan McGrath, David Oakes and Paul McKewin will all go again.

Turner said the club had locked in two former Intrust Super Cup players in Matthew Gough and Brenton Adams.

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"Goughy came up from the BRL and Brenton was actually signed last year but we never got going," Turner said.

"We have a few more in the process but will know a bit more in a few weeks.

"We haven't lost anyone either, the main A-grade guys should all be there.

"Dave Cordwell (Nambour coach) keeps them in good stead."

Turner said the club had suffered in wake of last year's season being cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

He said the club "lost a bundle of money".

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Nambour centre Paul McKewin is fast approaching 100 games for the club.
Nambour centre Paul McKewin is fast approaching 100 games for the club.

"It's been very tough," he said.

"The loss was huge but I don't know exactly how much.

"I wouldn't like to think how much.

"The sheer fact of having no income, we didn't expect money from sponsors and the ones who did pay will get to carry through to this year.

"The thing that hurt the most was the building insurance, that alone is $20,000 a year.

"You have to pay that.

"But all the clubs felt the pinch and we are just keen to get back out there and offer footy to watch again."