Kings to reign on Coast

TWEED Valley Kings president Pete Gladwin has boldly predicted his club will go from relegation contenders to finalists this year in the Gold Coast Soccer premier league.

The club has barely avoided relegation in the two seasons it has competed at premier level, but Gladwin said that would change this year, and he has backed the team to secure no less than a home final.

“As president, I am looking forward to a year where we don’t have to battle group relegation; as a club we will bring premier league finals football to the Tweed for the first time ever,” he said ahead of this weekend’s season opener against the Gold Coast Knights.

“This year we are going for it, and I think we have got the squad to do it.”

Gladwin rates the squad, which has welcomed the return of prolific goal-scorer Luke Morley, plus master coach Craig Madden, as the best seen at TVK.

“This is the strongest squad we have had, especially since we have got Luke Morley back in there,” he said.

“Looking at it on paper, it is a very strong football team with the kind of players you need in this competition.”

It is a lot of pressure for Gladwin to heap on the side days out from its clash with the Knights on Saturday at the Croatian Sports Centre, Carrara.

Madden was more cautious in his appraisal of his team’s chances yesterday.

“There is potential there, yes, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” he said.

“It all starts this week, and I will be taking the season week by week – I am not looking at finals football right now.”

Madden is giving his side every chance of beating the Knights, last year’s preliminary finalists, tomorrow.

“I’m quietly confident of getting the three points this week.”

For more about Saturday’s game, and TVK’s tough start to the season, read tomorrow’s Tweed Daily News.

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