Martin keeps cool


KEY PLAYER: Martin Kelleher, left, is looking forward to a successful premier league season with Lismore Workers despite the club’s turbulent off-season.
KEY PLAYER: Martin Kelleher, left, is looking forward to a successful premier league season with Lismore Workers despite the club’s turbulent off-season.

MARTIN Kelleher is keeping cool on his 2013 prospects despite being last season's man to watch in Football Far North Coast men's premier division.

The Lismore Workers winger is back in training with his squad mates and hoping to repeat his golden boot performance.

It has been an eventful off-season for the 2012 grand final winners, with the appointment and departure of premier division head coach Brendan Logan.

Kelleher, who struck 18 times in the competition rounds from the right flank to finish as the league's top goal-scorer, is refusing to set high targets this year.

"I am not saying any-thing," he said.

"It would be nice to have another good season, but we will see what happens."

The club has endured a turbulent period, with Logan joining and then leaving the club within the space of a few weeks.

Assistant coach Scott Creighton has stepped up while the club decides its next move.

Coffs Harbour-based Kelleher has been on the outside of proceedings.

But he has now returned to Lismore to resume his Sports and Exercise Science degree at Southern Cross University.

"I haven't heard too much about what has been going on," he said.

"I had someone asking me to play and I am ready for it.

"I think most of the younger guys are hanging around, from what I have heard.

"If we can keep that core group, then we should go well."

Last year was one to remember for the Richards Oval side, which captured the Anzac Cup and the grand final.

This will be a third season at the club for Kelleher, who turned 20 last Sunday.

Originally a central midfielder, he found a move to the wing paid dividends last year.

"We had a great central midfield, so I couldn't play there," he said.

"They found a spot for me and it went well.

"We had a young team, but we knew we were getting better.

"It was good to follow those expectations through.

"There are a couple of strong teams out there, but I am sure we can go well this season."

Clubs across the region are in training ahead of the forthcoming season.

Go to the Football Far North Coast homepage for more information.

Topics:  football far north coast soccer

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