The Division Two East conference Norwich Devils have announced their intention to withdraw from competition football for the rest of the 2011 BAFACL season.
In an announcement on the BAFA Community League Forums, Club Secretary, Ben Stockwell, said: "It is with great regret that the Norwich Devils senior team have today (24/5/11) withdrawn from competition in the 2011 season of the British American Football Association Community League (BAFACL). The Devils committee was left with no other choice as with mounting injuries along both the offensive & defensive lines the club was not in a position to safely field a team in upcoming matches, and no prospect of the situation improving in time to play a meaningful part in the remainder of the season.
"The Devils players, coaching staff & committee will be working hard in the coming months to bolster the club and will look to work through the associate club status with the BAFACL to ensure a return to the league as soon as the club are in a stable enough position to return to competitive league play. The Devils would like to thank the league & their division opponents for their understanding at this difficult time for the club and we look forward to renewing acquaintances with rivals old & new, very soon."
The Devils are the second team this season to find themselves being unable to fulfill their league committments following the withdrawal of the Division One Peterborough Saxons earlier this month.