Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Should the 'Ipswich' Jets Field More Local Talent?

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Should the 'Ipswich' Jets Field More Local Talent?

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TO IMPORT players or develop local talent - that's the challenge facing regional clubs serious about achieving success.

In some cases, lack of the almighty dollar makes it difficult for clubs to pay for outside recruits.

Teams like the Ipswich Force (basketball) find it tough to lure quality players when other State League organisations have larger sponsorship backing and bigger budgets to spend on players.

Dedicated people like coach Terry Lindeberg have done terrific work nurturing local teenagers to be competitive in higher competitions.

However, without a couple of big-name players, the men's and women's Force sides (formerly the Ipswich Eagles) have struggled to reach the finals in recent years.

Similarly, the Ipswich Knights used their tremendous pool of local football talent to regain promotion to the Premier League.

But once in the higher competition in 2007, Ipswich slipped back a season later.

Although competitive, the Knights lacked a couple of more regular goal scorers.

This year, the Knights are again fielding a promising local side with Premier League potential. But whether the Knights can afford to buy some extra outside players is something club officials will have to consider when Ipswich returns to the Premier League.

In rugby league, the Ipswich Jets have been copping a lot of flak in recent weeks for their lack of local players.

Some QT readers have complained it's hard to support an Ipswich team with no or little regional talent.

"It should be a few imports to help the locals," one rugby league fan said.

Another rugby league supporter even called for the Ipswich Jets to be simply called the Jets, because of their poor Ipswich representation.

That may be a bit harsh but it's an issue that warrants further discussion.

Should the Jets look to involve more local players or should they press ahead with imports in an attempt to be competitive? …

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