The numbers grew to 5000 players with the U17 competition including over border clubs the Bilambil Jets and Tugun Seahawks. As the junior league expands, the GCJRL decid to employ a full-time “Operation Manager” to service the increase needs of the clubs and competition. Gary Phillips was deemed the perfect candidate by the GCJRL for the position with his extensive experience in Rugby League and a step in the right direction.