Razorbacks go through leadership reshuffle
M I C H A E L L a n c i n i h a s vowed to shake off disappointment over losing the Razorbacks’ captaincy and mark his return with a bang.
The talented 20-year-old defender is set for his first Queensland State League appearance of 2011 tonight against new boys Southern Cross United after suspension rubbed him out of the opening two rounds.
It’s an absence that has put added fire in Lancini’s belly, but has come at a cost.
After Josh Evans started the season with the captain’s a r m b a n d , c o a c h K e n Mitchell opted against handing it back to Lancini.
‘‘ Michael . . . wants to get his game right first and then we’ll assess it later on, but at the moment he’s very focused on getting back into the team and actually performing very well,’’ Mitchell said. Lancini said while he understood the rationale it was still a blow. But he won’t let it affect his game at the Townsville Sports Reserve.
‘‘ It’s always a big disappointment, because being captain of your local team is a huge honour, but I respect Kenny’s decision and Josh Evans has taken over the captaincy role and I back him 100 per cent,’’ Lancini said. ‘‘ I have a lot of faith in Josh and I think we’ll do really well under him. It’s been a long pre-season, so I just want to play.’’
Following an eye-opening 3-nil defeat at the hands of defending champions Suns h i n e C o a s t l a s t w e e k , Lancini’s return is a welcome boost as the Razorbacks brace for a fit, fast and skilful Southern Cross.
Midfielder Jay Eurell also comes into the squad.
‘‘ We’re going to look at how our bench is stocked up with players who can come in and change the game through the midfield and are quite fit and mobile,’’ Mitchell said.
Kick-off is 7pm. laid to rest and extending the Brethren’s success is the only thing on Nielsen’s mind.
‘‘ I’ve been made to feel pretty welcome,’’ he said.
‘‘ It was funny when they first came out of the dressing room last week and I looked at 15 guys all wearing the Brothers jersey and thought, ‘ crikey, I’m the coach’, but there are 15 blokes there . . . that I’ve formed a bit of a bond with.’’
Kick-off at Hugh St is at 3.30pm. The match will be foll o w e d b y g a m e s b e t w e e n Teachers West and Burdekin and Uni and North Ward.