Luke Craig in action when the Kings played Magic.
Luke Craig in action when the Kings played Magic. Crystal Spencer

Kings in push for the top

TWEED Valley Kings are preparing for a fired-up Burleigh Heads when the teams clash in round five of the Gold Coast Soccer Premier League.

Kings captain Luke Craig said Burleigh would be hurting after being beaten by Nerang 3-2 in the previous round.

“Burleigh is always a tough team at home. They are a very, very strong club and it is always a tough trek heading up there to Pizzey Park,” Craig said.

“They lost to Nerang last week and I am sure they will be pumped and looking to make amends.”

But Craig was looking forward to the challenge and said it would give his side a further indicator as to where it stood in the competition.

“Coming up against a good, strong Burleigh team will show us where we are at,” he said.

Should the Kings emerge victorious it will be a further sign that the club is now a premiership contender.

The team has already beaten heavyweight clubs Gold Coast Knights and Palm Beach, and drawn with last year’s premiers Broadbeach.

It is an emphatic turnaround from previous seasons in premier league where the Kings have barely avoided relegation.

Craig said TVK would have a full-strength side, except for the loss of Leighton Pauley, who will be out for another five weeks through injury.

TVK has a remarkably similar side to previous years and Craig put the successful start to the season down to some positional changes and increased confidence in the playing group.

“We are taking our chances now in attack and that is something we weren’t doing in previous seasons,” he said.

“We’re taking the chances and converting them into goals, which is good.”

Coach Craig Madden has not let his troops forget it is very early in the season, and there is a long way to go.

“I’m pretty happy with the way we have started, but Madden is always telling us there is still a long way to go, and a lot of work to do yet,” Craig said.

In other premier league matches, Broadbeach play Surfers Paradise, Coomera take on Merrimac, Palm Beach and Musgrave clash, Magic United and Gold Coast nights play and Southport hosts Nerang.

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