New coach prom­ises to stop the rot

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

ROBINA City are set­ting the bar high un­der new coach Nathan Mul­hearn as they pre­pare for the of­fi­cial launch of their Coast League One as­sault.

Buoyed by the sign­ings of Justin Bar­wick, Grant Wern­er­son, Win­nie Tukariri, Kris Dodd and Jar­rod Hin­vest, the Coast League squad will be­gin life un­der Mul­hearn when pre­sea­son train­ing starts on Wed­nes­day.

It is a big mo­ment for for­mer Tweed United as­sis­tant Mul­hearn, who is head­ing into his first sea­son as a head coach fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pren­tice­ship un­der Foot­ball Gold Coast le­gend Den­nis Dodd.

The part­ner­ship de­liv­ered the Coast League ti­tle dou­ble for the Mar­lins in 2017, with Mul­hearn keen to repli­cate that suc­cess at the helm of a side rid­ing a 42-game win­less run.

“We want to try to take the club to an­other level, we have high ex­pec­ta­tions and there will be high stan­dards set,” Mul­hearn said. “We will be win­ning games, we will be com­pet­i­tive and a team the club can be proud of.

“The play­ers we have re­cruited un­der­stand this, they have been in­volved with high­per­form­ing teams be­fore and know what is re­quired. We are at­tract­ing play­ers who have won both the Coast League One and Premier League ti­tles be­fore.”

With Dodd also set to serve as Mul­hearn’s as­sis­tant, the club will hold train­ing ses­sions from 6.30pm on De­cem­ber 12 and 19 be­fore re­sum­ing on Jan­uary 8.

The first trial game is against Bris­bane’s Ridge Hills United on Jan­uary 19.

Nathan Mul­hearn.

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