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After a breakthrough 2016 season which saw the Falcons finish in third spot, the Sunshine Coast club is today proud to make two major announcements ahead of next year’s Intrust Super Cup season.

The news is both positive on and off the field, with Falcons CEO Chris Flannery attributing the developments to the stability and support provided by the club’s alignment with the Melbourne Storm and major sponsors like Vantage Homes.

In a major coup for the club, Vantage Homes has agreed to extend their Major Sponsorship of the Falcons into a third year.

And in a further boost, former NRL and English Super League player Scott Anderson will link with the Falcons for the 2017 season.

Flannery is thrilled with the direction the club is heading.

“History tells us that the vast majority of clubs who are successful on the field have a very solid and stable back office and that is something that we have worked very hard to create over the past few years,” Flannery said.

“We have some fantastic long-term sponsors at the Falcons club and our sponsors’ retention rate is over 90 per cent as we head into the 2017 season which indicates that our corporate sponsors view their involvement with the Falcons as a great investment.

“It’s no accident we are achieving steady improvement on field but it’s important as a club that we acknowledge those people and local businesses that are working hard behind the scenes to ensure we are competitive and sustainable in years to come.

“Without great sponsors like Vantage Homes we would not be able to sign NRL experienced players like Scott Anderson”.

Anderson, 30, has played more than 150 first grade matches in both the NRL and Super League for the Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos and Wakefield Wildcats.

Sunshine Coast-born Anderson was part of the 2009 Melbourne Storm team that beat the Parramatta Eels in the NRL grand final.

“To sign someone of Scott’s calibre to the Falcons is a real coup for us and shows that we are heading in the right direction,” Falcons head coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.

“It’s not every day that a front-rower with over 150 first grade games and an NRL premiership comes onto the market and we are very excited about securing his services for the next two years.”

Flannery also noted the support of the Sunshine Coast Council and their recently announced 2.4 million dollar upgrades to Sunshine Coast Stadium as reasons for Falcons fans to be excited about the 2017 season. The upgrades include new 8.5m high hills on the eastern, northern and southern sides and a new 36 sqm LED scoreboard/screen to also be constructed. The upgrades will lift the stadium's current capacity of about 7500 people (with temporary stands) to a permanent capacity of 10,000 people.

“In my opinion, Sunshine Coast Stadium is already one of the best venues in the Intrust Super Cup to watch rugby league, but with the Sunshine Coast Council’s recent investment and support, it will no doubt become even more popular with fans and families alike wanting to sit on the hill in the sun and watch some high quality football” Flannery said