The Moss Vale Dragons have had a major blow dealt to their 2019 season.
Announcing on their Facebook page, the Dragons have stated that they will be forfeiting all 2019 first grade fixtures.
The team had suffered a multitude of injuries throughout the season and to make matters worse, the club decided to part ways with first grade head coach Jeco Makatoa in the middle of the season.
Moss Vale Dragons released this statement on their Facebook page.
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"Result of Group 6 vote to allow Moss Vale to compete in reserve grade only for the rest of the 2019 season:
This evening, Group 6 notified us that we will be allowed to field a standalone reserve grade team for the rest of 2019, and forfeit all our first grade fixtures. This vote was necessary due to the incredible injury crisis the club has faced this year, and the decision by the club last week to part ways with the first grade coach, which led to the departure of the other Sydney based players.
Moss Vale will fulfill our remaining fixtures with an entirely local based squad, and if we show the heart that the Dragons have been known for, we will do quite well. There were a few imported players who wished to stay with the club, but in this situation, we could not afford to keep them. We thank them for their efforts and wish them well in the future.
We are grateful to the Group for allowing us to put this motion, and we thank those clubs who voted for it to pass. There will be current players who wish to leave because they want to play first grade, and the committee will make individual decisions on a case-by-case basis, based on doing our best for those players and protecting the interests of the club.
Thank you all for your kind and supportive words over the past days, and we hope you continue to turn out in big numbers at Community Oval as you always have."