Cowra Blues are hoping to bounce back in 2019

The Cowra Blues are hopeful of making a return to the Central West AFL competition in 2019.

Frank Bright and Chris Day (centre) with former team mates Nathan Worth (left) and Kim Reid (right).

Frank Bright and Chris Day (centre) with former team mates Nathan Worth (left) and Kim Reid (right).

Newly elected president Chris Day and vice president Frank Bright are both confident the club will field a senior side in next year's single tier competition after the club failed to get enough support from players for this year's competition.

This saw the likes of Bright and Day having to travel to other centres to get a game.

Bright played with the Bathurst Giants while Day played with Dubbo.

"We'll need at least 30 players," Chris Day said of the club's attempt to attract the numbers to be competitive.

While the competition is 18 a side with usually six on the bench Day said the at least 30 players would be ideal to "cover for blokes who are unavailable or are out injured".

"Frankie and I have been getting the word out to the blokes and we're fairly confident of fielding a team," he said.

The Cowra Blues held their annual general meeting last week with Cowra Club life member Geoff Day assisting Chris Day and Frank Bright on the executive as secretary-treasurer.

"We have at least 10 more on the general committee," Day said.

Cowra's task, and that of other small towns in the competition, may be made just a little easier if the Central West's governing body agrees to a request put to it by Cowra to allow sides to field 16 players when playing away from home.

"I know they want to be professional but if they change the by-laws it will make it easier for the small towns," Day said.

"There are still enough players out there, we just need to get the support of some new blood and retain the players from a few years ago," Day said in reference to 2016 when Cowra won the central west title.

"We do have a couple of out of town players expressing an interest in playing with us," he said."

Despite winning the competition in 2016 Day admitted Cowra struggled a little for numbers that year as well and lost a lot of players after taking the title.

"We couldn't get enough players when the by-laws were changed from 16 to 18 a side, it disadvantaged the smaller centres,” he said.

"After 2016 we lost three or four players who moved away and another three or four who couldn't commit for the season or retired," he said.

While the club has struggled in the past with its juniors coming through to seniors and continuing to play the game the Blues are hopeful this won't be the case with the club's 12s and 14s who both won titles last season.

"We hope we can get a 17s side going too," Day said.

"This will allow the kids coming out of 14s to have somewhere to play and then progress to the seniors," he said.