HAMILTON is set to become a one-team football city, according to former Hamilton Imperials playing coach Brent Forsyth.
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Forsyth, who was the senior coach of the club from 2009 until the end of last season, made the explosive prediction after a practice match at Port Fairy on the weekend.

He predicted that the joint Victorian Country Football League and South Australian Community Football League review into the structure of leagues in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia getting under way this month would look at Hamilton’s inability to sustain two major league clubs.

“It’s all a shame but Hamilton can only sustain one senior football side now,” Forsyth said.

“I’m confident that Hamilton and Hamilton Imperials will amalgamate in the near future to form one side which will play in the Hampden Football Netball League.

“I think it will be better for everyone in the town (Hamilton) when there is only one senior side.

“It should make it easier on sponsorship and attracting and retaining players.”

Forsyth, who started his career playing juniors with Hamilton Imperials before stints at Lake Wendouree in the Ballarat Football League and Palmerston in Darwin, said both Hamilton Western Border league clubs would struggle for depth during the season.

“When I was growing up there was an abundance of players wanting to play footy in Hamilton. That’s all changed now.

“I would love to see both clubs survive but it’s impossible to see them doing that.

“Both clubs struggle to keep players in the 22 to 27-year age range as they go out to the country leagues for a quid.

“I’m sure the restructure of local footy will tick off one side from Hamilton to play in the Hampden league.”

Forsyth said he was confident that Portland would join the Hampden Football Netball League under the restructure.

“I would say the other Western Border clubs which are from over at Mount Gambier will join either the Mid South East League or the Kowree Naracoorte League.”

Forsyth has decided to stay on as a player at Imperials this year after the club appointed former Sturt midfielder Jake Myles for the senior role.

“We’ve had a good pre-season.

“We’ve got good numbers at training and a few of the young lads have put their hands up,” Forsyth told The Standard.

“Jake is doing a good job.

“If we stay injury-free, I reckon we might sneak into the finals and then you never know what might happen.”

Hamilton Football Netball Club president Paul Block declined to speak about the issue.

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