Look­ing to take it to next level

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal - David Can­toni

CURTIN Soc­cer Club has signed a new coach and sev­eral high pro­file re­cruits in an ef­fort to im­prove on their fourth-placed fin­ish in the Foot­ball West State League last year.

New coach Kevin Bur­ton has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing win­ning the 2012 ti­tle with UWA-Ned­lands.

Club pres­i­dent Camp­bell Bal­lan­tyne said the club, in its sec­ond year in the com­pe­ti­tion, would still play at­tack­ing, at­trac­tive foot­ball but would have more facets to the game plan.

“Kevin is one of the State’s top 10 best qual­i­fied coaches and we have seen that in his de­tailed train­ing plans,” Bal­lan­tyne said.

“We will still pass and keep the ball but will add more di­men­sions to our style.”

The club has added ex­pe­ri­enced striker Aaron Bar­nett, tal­ented goal­keeper Ran­jeet Sekhon and full-back Of­fered Zi­uchi to its list.

The trio will be strong sup­port for last year’s star player Carlo Chiellini and club stal­warts Daniel Young and Kye Mid­dle­ton.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful night se­ries, where new tal­ent was blooded and some new ideas given a try, the team was pre­par­ing for the sea­son opener against old ri­vals Olympic Kingsway in a Fri­day night block­buster on April 10.

The game will kick off at 8.30pm at Edin- burgh Oval on the Curtin Uni­ver­sity grounds.

The club has ap­pointed Ian Mor­ris as coach of the un­der-18 side. Mor­ris has years of ex­pe­ri­ence in youth devel­op­ment and will con­tinue the club’s ef­forts to de­velop young play­ers and in­tro­duce them to first-team foot­ball.

Off field, the club has cre­ated a fully in­cor­po­rated as­so­ci­a­tion with the old Vic Park Rovers ju­nior club. Af­ter last year’s suc­cess­ful trial, the full merger is now com­plete and com­bined some ex­pe­ri­enced new coach­ing staff with some solid new player sign­ings for 2015.

Daniel Young, Camp­bell Bal­lan­tyne, Kevin Bur­ton and Kye Mid­dle­ton.

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