Soccer: Armadale coach sees bright future for club after NPL WA survival


Armadale Soccer Club coach Paul Price sees a bright future for the club.
Armadale Soccer Club coach Paul Price sees a bright future for the club.

ARMADALE Soccer Club coach Paul Price was delighted his team avoided relegation to stay in the National Premier Leagues WA.

Armadale avoided relegation after defeating Stirling in the second last round of the season to go four points clear of Subiaco.

The club won four of its last seven games after winning just two from the opening 15 rounds of the season.

Price said the aim at the start of the year was to avoid relegation.

“I came to the club when the team had seven points in the previous season and conceded 64 goals,” he said.

“This season with a very young squad we got 19 points and conceded 41 goals.

“We were rock bottom by a mile.

“We are delighted to avoid relegation and pick up 19 points.”

He said injuries played a part with some key forwards going down.

“We are delighted with what our defenders did this year with the back four having an average age of 20,” he said.

“The current quad is good but we had a lot of injuries; we need a couple of strikers that can score 10 goals each a season.”

Price cited 18-year-old defender Jake Sardelic was a player to watch for the future.

He said he had not made a decision on continuing to coach Armadale next season.