By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
LOCAL duo Roger Bailey and Lee Veenhoven are gearing up for a big summer after their selection in the Capricorn Cougars team for this season's Queensland Soccer State Cup competition.
Clinton goalkeeper Bailey and BITS striker Veenhoven are the two Gladstone-based players in the Cougars 16-man squad recently named by head coach Justin Kilshaw.
Kilshaw also named four shadow players for the upcoming season, with Clinton reserve goalkeeper Marko Radovanovic included in that bunch.
Kilshaw has pinpointed the two Gladstone boys as crucial to the Cougar's hopes and added both should handle the step up to State Cup level.
'Roger and Lee both deserve their spots, they are both quality players,' Kilshaw said.
'Roger was sensational this year for Clinton and clearly had a fine year, while Lee's been impressive down at BITS.'
Bailey faces a massive battle to get his hands on the number one jersey though with up and coming Frenchville keeper Ben Blacker also in the squad.
Kilshaw believes the level of competition between the two fine shotstoppers is good news for the Cougars.
'It is a real luxury for us to have both Roger and Ben, we are covered in both areas there and they will both get their chance in the trial games to impress,' he said.
Veenhoven on the other hand has been earmarked by Kilshaw to play a different role from that at club level.
'At this stage I am looking at Lee to play wide left or left midfield,' he said.
'I have been really pleased with his progress at training so far and we have targeted him for specific jobs during the season.'
The Cougars take on Townsville56 cm in their first trial on October 8, with their opening State Cup round game against the Sunshine Coast on October 29.