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New Roseburg full-contact football team looking for players, holds Saturday tryout

A new semi-pro football team in Roseburg is looking for players. (KPIC photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- There's a new semi-pro football team in Roseburg and they're looking for players.

The Roseburg Valley Thunder adult full-contact team is the second in the area, co-existing with the established Douglas County Timberwolves.

The Thunder are members of the Eugene-based National Nineman Football League.

The team's coach says there has been a lot of community interest so far.

"I have a six-foot-ten, 345-pound pulling guard. I have a six-foot-five wide receiver and a six-foot-six wide receiver, and we're in the building process," says head coach Rick Winkley.

"We want to stay for years and years," says Thunder player Ryan Stinson. "We want to build; we want to make this a dynasty. You know, we want to leave a legacy in Roseburg and put it back on the map."

If you're interested in joining the team, open tryouts will be held this Saturday at JoLane Middle School from 6-8 p.m.

UPDATE:
On July 12, Rick Winkley of Roseburg Valley Thunder reported the team will not play in the National Nineman Football League, but instead play in the 11-man Pacific Northwest Football League.

He says this is due to the team's successful recruitment of interested players.

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