THE SNIPER’S WEEKLY FOOT­BALL GOLD COAST RE­PORT

Ev­ery Satur­day’s Bul­letin

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

A GOOD SIGN­ING – NOT GREAT

When look­ing at the de­fend­ers on of­fer in the Premier League, Kazuma Kobayashi’s de­ci­sion to sign for Nerang might look like a great coup for the Ea­gles. Be­cause of the over­all land­scape of the league it may prove to be the case but the Ja­panese de­fender has flaws teams will ex­ploit. Coach Dave Benigno is build­ing a wall at the back but will the Ea­gles be able to score goals?

GLOSS FAD­ING FOR UNITED

Gold Coast United blew teams out of the wa­ter early on, mak­ing key ma­jor sign­ings in the early stages of the off-sea­son. How­ever, with some play­ers al­ready jump­ing ship, has the gloss and glam­our of the club’s resur­gence un­der Kris­tian Rees started to fade? Un­less the club can sur­prise the com­mu­nity with some more top-drawer play­ers, the cur­rent crop may strug­gle with the de­mands of a long NPL sea­son.

CLUB MERGER ON THE CARDS

Two Gold Coast clubs have been in deep ne­go­ti­a­tions over a pos­si­ble merger as early as 2020. It is ru­moured that the two wanted to make the deal hap­pen for 2019 but the se­nior com­po­nent of the merge com­pli­cated the process. If these two clubs were to join, it would po­ten­tially cre­ate a “su­per club” in all forms of the game. Watch this space.

MER­RI­MAC SET TO RE­TURN

Af­ter the unit de­vel­op­ment pro­posed on the grounds of Mer­ri­mac FC fell through, there is re­ally no doubt that the club will re­turn in 2020. At what ca­pac­ity and to what level is still un­known but it would not sur­prise any­one if the Macs were to come back stronger than ever. Would any­one be sur­prised if they won a Premier League ti­tle in 2021? I def­i­nitely would not be sur­prised.

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