Cats going nowhere

STAYING PUT: Casterton Sandford Football Club president Dylan Ayton says the Cats will remain in the Western Border Football League.

By Trevor Jackson

CASTERTON Sandford Football Club president Dylan Ayton has weighed in on the future of the Cats in the Western Border Football League, stating his club was going nowhere.

Last week it was reported rumours suggested the club may look to move to another league.

This came on the back of a meeting between the SANFL, plus the Western Border, Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara and Mid South Eastern football leagues regarding the future of the sport in the region.

Last season’s coronavirus shut down of sport spawned suggestions the club could possibly look to move to a Victorian league.

However, after last season Ayton returned from a stint at Kalangadoo and took on the president’s role, determined to keep the Cats in the WBFL.

Due to the issues the Cats have faced this season with cross-border travel, those rumours have again surfaced.

However, Ayton said this week his stance had not changed.

He said he was disappointed rumours were reported in the media and was quite adamant about the future direction of the Victorian club.

“We want to stay in a high level of footy,” he said.

“As far as our club is concerned, we haven’t made any move to move away from the (WBFL) competition or the teams we are playing against.

“We would like change, we would like a couple of other teams in the league and we would like a restructure so we are not playing the same teams every week.

“But we are happy with the level of footy we are playing.”

Ayton said it was tough for the club, with no extra exemptions provided and a struggle for the juniors and netballers to compete.

However, he said the club simply planned to rebuild and stay in the WBFL competition.

“We are in with the Western Border for the long haul,” Ayton said.

“We are fully in.”