Dragons scent top tal­ent

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

REIGN­ING FNQ Foot­ball pre­mier league cham­pi­ons Dou­glas United are putting the fin­ish­ing touches on prepa­ra­tions for the open­ing of the soc­cer sea­son next month.

United played in a pre-sea­son tour­na­ment in Mareba on the week­end, win­ning three of their matches be­fore los­ing the fi­nal to a strong Ma­reeba com­bi­na­tion.

One of the stars on the week­end was new sign­ing Daniel Bate­man, who scored three goals.

Bate­man is a high pro­file sign­ing for United, hav­ing played youth foot­ball for both Sh­effield United and Barnsley.

The club is also chas­ing the sig­na­ture of Jamie Gosling who played pro-soc­cer in Eng­land for 12 years.

30-year-old Gosling, whose ca­reer high­light was play­ing for Yeovil against Liver­pool in the FA Cup, is keen to play and live in Port Dou­glas, and would be the high­est pro­file player to join the Dragons.

United coach James Turner said it would be a coup for the club and a boost for their chances of de­fend­ing their ti­tle this sea­son.

Turner said the club would be ea­ger to hear from lo­cal busi­nesses that could of­fer spon­sor­ship and/or em­ploy­ment for Jamie and Daniel.

Any busi­ne­ses that may be able to help should con­tact club pres­i­dent Rod Ras­mussen on 0429 984 920.

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