BIG DEAL: Gladstone Suns president Joe Walsh and Bill Robertson Toyata dealer principal James Robertson.
BIG DEAL: Gladstone Suns president Joe Walsh and Bill Robertson Toyata dealer principal James Robertson. Nick Kossatch GLA121218SUNS

Toyota now the driving force behind the Suns of Gladstone

AUSSIE RULES: A passion for community involvement is what James Robertson likes about the Gladstone Suns.

The Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone dealer principal has been integral to helping the company to become a major sponsor of the recently re-branded Gladstone Suns.

The AFL Capricornia club will officially be named the Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone Suns from next season.

"We reached out to the Gladstone Suns and gave some cash and we'll work together as the new major sponsor," James Robertson said.

"We admire the involvement the Suns have in the community and its junior teams, seniors and women."

Bill Robertson Toyota marketing manager Erin Robertson said the Gladstone club had aligned itself with the AFL because the top-tier competition was also sponsored by Toyota Australia.

"Toyota Australia has sponsored the AFL for a number of years and also are involved with the Good For Footy Program," she said.

Gladstone Suns president Joe Walsh said it was an exciting partnership.

"We obviously hadn't had a major sponsor for a couple of years," he said.

"Obviously the sponsorship money will help us get better facilities for our juniors and that's what will be our focus."

Both parties are looking toward a long-term partnership.

Meanwhile Gladstone Suns is close to finalising its coaching staff.

It will hold its sign-on day on February 3 at Clinton Oval from 11am-3pm. Contact Walsh on 0448833537.