Chapman Valley Football Club’s decision to train in Geraldton this season could mark the first step in relocation.
Royals coach Steve Hunt yesterday confirmed the club would train for most of the season at Eadon-Clarke Oval.
The club has been given the all-clear to train on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Spalding complex.
Club president Grant Woodhams said the Nabawa-based club’s future was in Geraldton.
“I think there is a realisation within the members at the club and with the people that will take the club forward that we have to come into town,” he said.
“To continue to stay out in the Valley is probably not in our best interests as a club.”
Woodhams said the club committee was yet to make a decision on relocation.
“I am keen to promote that discussion and that we need to reach a sensible decision on our future,” he said.
“I think the important thing is that we as a club will need to agree that in town is where we want to be, but at this stage that is not yet been achieved. The decision is a decision we need to make in the next couple of years.”
Woodhams brainstormed hypothetical situations where the Royals may have to share a ground with an established Geraldton-based club.
He said they were all just ideas at the moment and nothing had been done.
“Relocating to Eadon-Clarke is not the ambition. The ambition is, if we are to continue to exist as a club, to agree amongst ourselves to decide we have to move into town,” he said.
“Beyond that, it would be a matter of where to relocate to,” Woodhams said.
“If we want to be a club in the GNFL and exist as the Royals we have to think, can we do it in Nabawa? Probably no, we cannot.”
The claims come on the back of last season’s struggle to field a competitive team.
The club said the town’s small population made it hard to recruit local players.
The Royals forfeitied the second half of the colts season and club legend Glenn Barndon called for a merger between Chapman Valley and Northampton.
Chapman Valley began preseason training last weekend in preparation for its first game on April 20 in Northampton.