IT is make or break time for the Emerald Eagles Football Club which is struggling the fill its player quota for next year's Central Queensland football competition.
The club has only just been granted entry into the CQ league and the early signs look bleak.
Eagles' coach John Sologni said if they don't receive an adequate turnout at Morton Park this Sunday at 11am, the club's new venture may be forced to fold before it has even begun.
Coach for locally-based state league side Capricorn Cougars, Joe Fenech, said the sheer amount of talent in the Central Highlands region was immense, but losing the Eagles wasn't an option.
"I'm not even considering it," Fenech said.
"They can bring so much to the CQ league.
"I'm feeling very confident the game is on the way up and very excited to see the Eagles in competition.
"Hopefully I can uncover a few rough diamonds."
The CQ competition the Eagles are planning to enter will play a key role in Fenech's player recruitment process, as one of the Cougars' primary feeder divisions.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.