Mackay/Whitsunday gets new NPL team
SOCCER: Future soccer stars in the Whitsundays will no longer have to travel to Townsville and Brisbane to play in a national quality league.
Mackay’s bid for a National Premier League licence has been successful.
Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United, a joint venture between two clubs, will be one of two newcomers to a beefed-up NPL Queensland from 2018.
Whitsunday Football Club president Steve Tween said it would open the door for young talent to progress and be identified locally.
“We are very happy that Mackay has a license in the area,” he said.
“It’s a proven pathway for the junior players who want a higher level to go.
“The kids playing NPL football, when Brisbane coaches come up, there’s an opportunity for the young talent to be seen.”
It will mark the first time in five years, since the Mackay Miners folded, that there will be an NPL team in the Whitsunday region.
Crusaders technical director Darryl Cash said more than 70 local players would benefit from the expansion in the first year.
“We’re hoping that the team will be representative of both the Mackay and Whitsunday regions and include some really exciting local talent,” Cash said.
The selection process for Crusaders United will be finalised by the end of the year, including all coaching positions. Selection trials are likely to begin in October.
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