Yaralla ready to follow new coach?s lead
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EXPECT big things down at the Yaralla Soccer Club this season if the attitude of new senior coach Mark Chadwick is anything to go by.
The 27-year-old, who has spent his entire soccer career with the Redbacks, is looking forward to lifting the fortunes of last year's Gladstone Soccer League woodenspooners.
Yaralla have had a tough offseason with the loss of a number of key players, but Chadwick is very confident his new blend of young recruits and current clubmen can help them climb the table.
'We have been getting some good numbers at training and there is a really positive feeling around the club at the moment,' Chadwick said.
'My expectation is for us to at least make the finals. The boys like to have fun and the best way you can do that is by winning.'
The new coach expects the likes of Cameron Ohl, Trent Ibbotson and Jesse Shepperbottom, who have been around the club for a few seasons, to perform this season.
'Cameron, Trent and Jesse are three players who are going to have an impact for us to do well this season,' he said.
Chadwick added a number of new recruits had also fitted in well since joining the club over the offseason.
'Peter Scholes is one bloke to watch out for in the midfield, while Scott Ortell from Brisbane has a bit of experience which is going to help,' he said.
Chadwick said playing spots were still available. Training is held at the Yaralla Sports Club every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm.
Meanwhile, seven clubs have nominated to take part in the Gladstone Soccer First Division competition in 2005.