United pur­sue Czech striker

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

NORTH Queens­land United coach Ian Shaw touched down in Townsville yes­ter­day, and he means busi­ness.

Shaw was this week named coach of the newly formed NQ United, which re­cently took over the Queens­land NPL li­cence pre­vi­ously held by the North­ern Fury.

The for­mer Tas­ma­nia NPL coach will run his eyes over the re­gion’s foot­ball ta­lent when United hold their first tri­als next week­end and he is also in the process of re­cruit­ing a Czech im­port. The deal is not over the line yet, but Shaw is con­fi­dent of get­ting his man.

“I’ve been talk­ing to a Czech striker and he would be a fan­tas­tic ac­qui­si­tion if we could get him,” Shaw said.

“He will prob­a­bly be part of the club in a semi- pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity, in that he would play for us but also be in­volved in youth coach­ing.

“Hav­ing him not only in­volved with men­tor­ing young play­ers here, but also pass­ing on his knowl­edge to team­mates would be huge for the foot­ball com­mu­nity.

“The fact that we’re talk­ing to him I think helps show we really mean busi­ness.”

United’s se­nior and youth academy will hold two- day tri­als at Brolga Park, United’s home base, on three straight week­ends start­ing Oc­to­ber 21.

Shaw is also hope­ful a large core of last sea­son’s Fury NPL team will take part in the tri­als, along with other lo­cal ta­lent ea­ger to forge their way in the NPL.

“What I really want to have is a path­way for lo­cal foot­ball play­ers, and also pro­vide a good en­vi­ron­ment where they can really en­joy their foot­ball,” he said. “We have a fran­chise to up­hold and there’s a lot of work to do and that’s no dis­re­spect to the Fury.

“We’re mov­ing ahead, but we also have to ac­knowl­edge what the Fury have done for foot­ball in North Queens­land.

“They kicked off high- level foot­ball in this re­gion.”

Shaw be­lieves he is walk­ing into an en­vi­ron­ment where suc­cess can flour­ish.

The Fury strug­gled for re­sults in their fi­nal sea­sons of NPL, fail­ing to score a win in 2016 be­fore bounc­ing back with a promis­ing but in­con­sis­tent 2017 cam­paign fea­tur­ing seven wins and 11 de­feats.

“Talk­ing to ( United pres­i­dent) Sirio ( Ber­tucci), his de­meanour and what he said to me showed he wants suc­cess,” Shaw said. “It’s a com­mu­ni­ty­based club and I need to sit down with the com­mu­nity here, work out what we all want and how we can do the best thing by our ath­letes.”

Nom­i­na­tions for the up­com­ing tri­als, en­com­pass­ing United’s NPL team along with its youth teams from Un­der- 13s to Un­der- 20s, close Wed­nes­day, with trial times to be fi­nalised on Mon­day.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by con­tact­ing NQ United at info@ nqunit­edfc. com. au

Ian Shaw.

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