City gains Glory ex­per­tise

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham City Foot­ball Club is set to move into a new era in the new year, with Cameron Lord tak­ing the reins as first team coach ahead of the 2018 sea­son.

Lord was ap­pointed af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer coach Rob Cr­erar in Oc­to­ber, and en­ters the role af­ter most re­cently work­ing with Perth Glory as a sport sci­en­tist.

Start­ing his foot­balling jour­ney as a ju­nior for Rock­ing­ham’s un­der-11s at their old Dowl­ing Street home, Lord pro­gressed through the ranks as a player at the club, even­tu­ally play­ing in the first team.

He later coached the club’s un­der-18s for a year as an as­sis­tant and for three years as head coach, be­fore spend­ing five years at the Glory through which he is cur­rently com­plet­ing a PhD.

As he pre­pares to put his new squad through their pre-sea­son paces, Lord told the Tele­graph he was fo­cused on help­ing the club be­come as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.

“It’s quite close to me hav­ing grown up with the club so that will be a big thing for me to help try and make the club suc­ceed,” Lord said.

“It’s go­ing to be a pretty com­pet- itive league. Gwelup Croa­tia came up with Mor­ley and Man­durah came down from the NPL.

“Plus West­ern Knights, who won the league last year, didn’t get pro­moted so it’s go­ing to be tough.”

Lord said the club was work­ing on bring­ing in new play­ers ahead of the new sea­son, with a fo­cus also placed on keep­ing lo­cal born and bred tal­ent in the area.

“My job is to try and un­leash or un­lock a lot of the po­ten­tial that is here,” he said.

“There’s al­ways a pool of young play­ers in Rock­ing­ham who have got big tal­ent. It’s our job to keep the Rock­ing­ham boys in Rock­ing­ham. “There’s big po­ten­tial here.” Gary Christie will join Lord as first team as­sis­tant coach, with Andy Harty and An­thony Geeves look­ing af­ter the re­serves while Alan Carter and By­ron Wood will coach the un­der-18s.

Rock­ing­ham’s first pre-sea­son train­ing ses­sion starts on Jan­uary 9.

Foot­ball West’s an­nual Night Se­ries com­pe­ti­tion is set to kick off in Fe­bru­ary.

Cameron Lord takes the reins as Rock­ing­ham City’s first team coach for 2018.

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