Cor­i­cas’ fam­ily bond

Un­cle Steve keeps close eye on ris­ing star

The Weekend Post - - Sport - JOR­DAN GER­RANS

STEVE Cor­ica is fo­cused on putting to­gether his first ever A-League ros­ter for Syd­ney FC but the for­mer In­n­is­fail mid­fielder still has the time to keep an eye on nephew Harry Cor­ica and his rapid de­vel­op­ment with Cairns FC.

The Cor­ica name is synony­mous with foot­ball in the Far North as the teenager is in the process of work­ing through the ranks like his fa­mous un­cle

did all those years ago.

Harry has been a spark from the Cairns FC bench this sea­son, hit­ting the back of the net in the club’s drub­bing of Red­lands United FC last start.

Steve, 45, will step up af­ter serv­ing a seven-year Syd­ney ap-

pren­tice­ship in the com­ing ALeague sea­son. He says, through his brother Michael, Harry of­ten reaches out to the for­mer Soc­ceroo as a sound­ing board.

“Harry is pas­sion­ate about it and wants to be­come a foot­baller,” Steve said.

“He was com­ing from the bench and I told him if he wants to be­come a starter he needs to score goals and cre­ate and he has done that the last few

weeks. Harry has his own path­way to fol­low, he is not go­ing to fol­low mine, there is al­ways ex­pec­ta­tions with the name and you can’t ex­pect Harry to be some­thing he is not.

“He is him­self and he has the drive and the pas­sion.”

Harry only re­cently turned 17 and Cairns FC coach Danny Gray­stone yes­ter­day af­ter­noon re­vealed the tyro was on the verge of re­turn­ing to his start-

ing line-up against Bris­bane City FC tonight from 6.30pm for the first time in months.

“He has been mak­ing an im­pact from the bench for us and we are 90 per cent sure he will start against Bris­bane City,” he said.

“Harry has trained well this week and is ready to go.”

Steve be­lieves his nephew will need to even­tu­ally move from the Far North to chase his

pro­fes­sional foot­balling dreams.

“He can’t stay up there for the rest of his life if he wants to be a foot­baller,” Steve said.

“It is about tim­ing, when to do it and what club to go to.

“He could look at op­tions down here or maybe over­seas.”

Cairns FC is in sev­enth on the NPL ta­ble, three points be­hind tonight’s op­po­nents.

On his first foray into man­ag­ing an A-League club, Steve says it is a busy time, scout­ing play­ers around the world, but is en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity.

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