Murwillumbah centre-midfielder Chris Hall.
Murwillumbah centre-midfielder Chris Hall. Blainey Woodham

Murwillumbah ready to kick off

NEW Murwillumbah FC captain-coach, David Lonie, has arranged four trial matches next month to provide not only match fitness to his players but to also give him the opportunity to assess the football skills of many of his new charges and team-mates.

Murwillumbah FC officials lured the highly-respected Lonie away from Pottsville at the end of last season with one objective - to help the club earn promotion from first division into Gold Coast Soccer's elite Premier League in 2013.

Helping that cause no end will be the winning of the GCS first division premiership this year.

Lonie is assembling a hot squad of experienced and highly-promising youngsters and is really looking forward to seeing them in action in the trials, the first of which is against Football Far North Coast Premier League outfit, Alstonville, at MFC headquarters, Jim Devine Field, on February 5.

Then over the next three weekends, the club will play further trials against another SFNC outfit, Lennox Head, GCS Premier League club Nerang and then wind up a busy month with a clash against SFNC 2011 minor premiers, Richmond Rovers.

"I'm just getting to know the players names, let alone how they perform on a football field," Lonie quipped.

"For the first trial against Alstonville I'll pick first grade and reserve grade sides based solely on what's been happening on the training paddock but obviously once I get a chance to see the players in action I'll be able to sit back and make a better informed assessment of their talents."

A handful of classy players followed Lonie to MFC from Pottsville including dangerous striker, Josh Boag, Jared Lee, an elegant sweeper, and rock-solid midfielder, Adam Rogers.

The home-grown talent at Murwillumbah includes centre midfielders Kurt Buchanan and Chris Hall, the three Reynolds brothers, Sam, Darren and Ben and a group of impressive tyros such as Keanu Sparks-Young.

"It is only early days but from what I've seen on the training paddock it looks as though we will be able to assemble two very strong squads for the 2012 campaign," Lonie said.

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