CONFIRMED: 2018 premiers' shock announcement
AFTER successfully winning the 2018 Senior Rugby League competition, the Nanango Stags were on top of the world. But sadly, the elation was short lived.
Last year's premiership-winning coach, Matthew Heit today confirmed the club would "definitely not" be fielding a team in this year's South Burnett senior rugby league competition.
"We lost a few players going away to play in other comps, but the crux of the problem is a loss of interest," Heit said.
The passionate coach was still coming to terms with the team's collapse.
"I am still trying to get my head around it," he said.
"I spoke to every individual player to try and get a side going."
While he was disappointed for the team, he said it would also be a huge blow for the club and the entire competition.
"It impacts the club financially. They can't sell grog and food at home games," Heit said.
"I am disappointed for the whole competition."
It got to a point where the nearly 40-year-old A-grade coach toyed with some truly desperate measures.
"I even thought about playing myself. If it had of meant getting a team on the field," he said.
Not coaching this year means Heit will be able to spend more quality time with his family.
"They have always been pretty supportive," he said.
"This gives me a little bit of spare time."
Heit said he had not given up on getting the premiership-winning side up and running again for the 2020 season.
"I'm going to try and keep in touch with everyone," he said.
"I would like to think we will be back next year, but after this year I really don't know."
Now that Nanango is out of the competition, Heit said it was anyone's guess as to who would be victorious in 2019.
"You could throw them all in a hat and pick one out," he said.
"It all depends on who wants to be committed."