Once a footy giant, Glenorchy Magpies Football Club are struggling to attract players.


There are fears one of Tasmania’s former football powerhouses is in danger of failing to field a team, with sports bigwigs describing the situation as a canary in the coal mine for other clubs.

Famous for being the former home of all-time Australian rules greats Peter Hudson and Roy Cazaly, the Glenorchy Magpies have struggled to attract players to the club for more than 12 months, but that has changed ahead of this year’s Tasmanian State League season. got worse.

At least one training session saw only 12 committed players on the road, prompting fears for the future of the club, which has won 17 premierships and is a traditional powerhouse of Tasmanian football.

However, Tim Woodham, who will claim the presidency of the club at the upcoming annual general meeting, believes that the tide will turn in the coming weeks.

“I don’t want to go into a slump because I believe you’re not going to come back, but we need to find some players quickly,” he said.

“We don’t have any quick fixes at the moment and it may take a while to bounce back, but one day Glenorchy will be back as a strong club again.”

Black and white image of a striped jumper kicking a soccer ball.
The club has had some famous exports such as the all-time great Peter Hudson.(Supply: www.tasmanianstateleague.com.au)

Interim President Scott Donaghy informed about this ABC Radio Hobart Although the numbers were few on Tuesday, the Magpies’ situation was overwhelming and he said he expected a steady return of players to the club in the coming weeks.

A young man stands on the treadmill and smiles.
Sprint star Jack Hale has been signed by the club as a high performance coach.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

“We’ve told AFL Tas we’re going to put one team in the park. As far as we’re concerned, we’re going to put one team in the park and hopefully a second team,” he said.

Things are already starting to change with around 30 players taking part in a pre-season running session at Risdon Brook Dam this morning.

The club has also signed sprint star Jack Haley as a high performance coach.

But answers are being sought about the decline of the famous club so quickly.

Glenorchy ‘warning sign’ for other clubs

Glenorchy, winless in the top flight last year and forced to sit out two second-tier development league games, are a canary in the coal mine according to the former senior.

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