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Alderney could be invited to join Prem

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PLANS are afoot to change the structure of Jersey league football next season, with even the possible addition of Alderney FC being discussed.

Alderney have been title contenders in the FNB Priaulx League this season. The idea of them being invited to join the Jersey Premiership has been discussed in Jersey this week. (Picture by Martin Gray, www.guernseysportphotography.com, 24347898)

A workshop attended by Jersey Football Combination clubs and officials, Jersey Bulls FC, a secondary schools’ representative and JFA staff featured a variety of proposals that could be in place for 2019-20 – if accepted by the current clubs.

With the potential introduction of Alderney FC – subject to logistics and finances – those in attendance favoured an 11 or 12-club Premiership, with current Championship strugglers First Tower United and St John playing alongside reserve-teams, if desired, in a new nine-team second tier.

However, Alderney FC’s Steve Concanen said yesterday that as things stand his club are looking to stay in the FNB Priaulx League.

‘When Jersey were over as the island team for the Muratti [semi-final] they did speak to us about it along with various other ideas they have got for their league, but we said we like playing in the Priaulx as long as the other teams are happy to have us,’ Concanen said.

‘We have got to look at it from our point of view and because we have got a few players based in Guernsey already, it makes more sense to play in the Priaulx.

‘Although it’s feasible [Alderney joining the Jersey Premiership], realistically is not going to happen.’

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