Coach hopeful of Wolves soccer revival
IT'S a big step from Gladstone Soccer Federation second division to Capricornia Soccer League powerhouse but that's the aim of Wolves coach Michael Fearns.
Fearns, who at the age of 55 still takes to the field in the second division competition, has issued a plea for former Wolves players to return to the club and help return it to a prominent place in the code.
'We're looking for players with an eye to the future ... so many players played football in their youth, it would be great to get them back into it,' Fearns said.
A former BITS player, Fearns said Wolves' inability to retain a stable core of players in recent seasons had hurt the club's development.
However, he said he was confident a boost in player numbers would hasten a return to high level competition.
'We need four strong teams from Gladstone to contest the Capricornia premiership, not just three (Clinton, Central and BITS),' Fearns said.
'We're going through a rebuilding phase and we want to get the club back into regional competition like it was 10 years ago.
'But we've only had half a dozen players express interest in playing this year.
'We proved last year that, when we had our best side on the paddock, we were hard to beat.'
Having played in England in his youth and in Australia since linking with the Mackay Wanderers club in the 1970s, Fearns has no shortage of experience to pass on to his players.
He enjoyed his return to coaching with Wolves last year, his first stint as coach since filling the role in Penrith district competition in the mid-1980s.