DEJECTED after receiving last year's wooden spoon, Liam Anlezark is intent on leading the charge for a re-branded Noosa-Gympie side in 2015.
It was always going to be tough for the forward and his teammates last season after the Noosa Pirates and the Gympie Devils formed a joint venture weeks into the Sunshine Coast A-grade season because both clubs had battled to field competitive sides on their own.
The 27-year-old took on the captaincy and coaching role, but the new entity took time to gel and it finished last in the six-team premiership.
Anlezark refused to look for excuses though and said he was hugely disappointed in their performance.
"I really feel like we under achieved," he said.
"I think we have a bit of unfinished business and I want to make sure that personally I have a good season and lead the boys forward and do the clubs proud."
Anlezark and Kurt Fleming will co-captain the new-look side, which will be coached by Anthony Zipf and has been renamed the Northern Outlaws.
There had been speculation Anlezark could join the Sunshine Coast Falcons, after he spent some time with the state league outfit in the pre-season and played a game for Falcons late last season.
He was going to do a chunk of the pre-season with the side, "mainly for training" purposes, but commitments made that difficult.
But Anlezark was still a keen observer at some of their sessions.
"It was just to be involved with the guys," he said.
"We've got a few Noosa and Gympie boys involved in the (Falcons) squad there as well so I just wanted to poke my face in and say gidday and be a presence for Northern," he said.
"(Falcons coach) Glen (Dreger) was good enough to give me a run last year and I wanted to go down and show that the Northern team was keen to be involved with the Falcons this year as well."
ANLEZARK is among the growing number of Coast players and officials determined to further develop the relationship between the local clubs and the Falcons.
"I'm all about having avenues for the young guys coming through the club to go further with their footy and the Falcons is a good genuine avenue for the boys now," he said.
"The tighter the local clubs can be with our Queensland Cup side the better."
Anlezark spent three seasons with Central Queensland in the state league and was in the Canberra Raiders' system for a year.
While last year's Noosa-Gympie outfit was largely influenced by Noosa players, the Outlaws are set to boast a strong representation of players from both centres.
They will train at Cooroy once a week and have alternate sessions between Noosa and Gympie each week.
"We're trying to make sure everyone buys into it and gets to training and that will be a big part of whether we have a crack this year," Anlezark said.
"I'm pretty confident the boys will get behind it."
- STEELE TAYLOR