GOALS IN MIND
SOCCER: Clinton takes on Nerimbera to kick off round one of the knock-out Westfield FFA Cup competition this Saturday.
2016 Premier League runner-up Clinton and premiers Frenchville headline seven Central Queensland teams that will feature in the first round.
While there is the incentive to play the winner of the Mackay region in the later rounds, Clinton coach Derek Horton said the match will be used to fine-tune areas ahead of the season proper.
"As far as that game goes, we are using it as a trial game, but for us to play (in the FFA Cup), it's a bonus,” Horton said.
If pre-season form is anything to go by, Clinton should win comfortably and progress through to a round two date against Frenchville, which take on Southside.
Clinton had comfortable wins against Bundaberg teams Aston Villa and United Park Eagles in the past two weekends, but Horton is not entirely pleased.
"While the results have been good and winning is always good, I'm not satisfied with how we are playing,” Horton said.
He believes Clinton can be more potent in 2017 with a new structure on the back of the signing of gun goal-keeper Dan White.
"We have a 'keeper who can talk and organise,” Horton said.
White's leadership and the potential signing of ex-Doon Villa captain-coach Ryan Crawford, who trained for the first time last night with Clinton.
"He transferred here for work and reading between the lines and being a captain-coach where he was to do that again this season, obviously he is someone who can talk,” Horton said.
Crawford is a defender and Horton said he and White's inclusion may auger for a more attacking outfit.
"With three defenders at the back, it gives us the opportunity to be more attacking because we haven't scored as many goals as we would've liked,” Horton said.
Scott Rouse will commit to the top level at Clinton after playing in the lower grade in 2016 coupled with study.
"He's an attacking midfielder,” Horton said.
The other CQ FFA Cup game is between Capricorn Coast and Bluebirds United at Apex Park also on Saturday from 7pm.
The winner of that match takes on Emerald Eagles on March 25.