NPL WA: Bayswater City “fresh and hungry” for new season says coach

Bayswater City's Paul McCarthy and Trent Kay. Picture: Kate Jackson
Bayswater City's Paul McCarthy and Trent Kay. Picture: Kate Jackson

BAYSWATER City coach Chris Coyne said his players have returned to the club’s pre-season campaign “fresh and hungry” after a disappointing season.

City finished fifth in the NPLWA , following three straight premiership seasons in 2013-15.

Coyne said the players realised they let themselves down and were looking forward to the upcoming season.

“They are motivated, they had a break in Bali together and the talk that the players had there was that they want to win everything this year,” he said.

“They as a group have a real driving force and being player driven makes our jobs as coaches all the easier.

“If anything, we need to keep it in check and ensure they don’t spend too much energy getting too worked up.”

Coyne said the coaching team challenged the players to become fitter than ever , with just three months out from competitive football.

“We need to be a stronger unit and a lot more disciplined as a unit both attacking and defensively,” he said.

“We will outline specific roles for every player in the team and we will expect them to do that job diligently… if they are not prepared to follow strict instructions then they will not play and the player who does follow the team rules will play.

“There is going to be no ‘nice and softly’ approach this year we will be ruthless as a coaching group for the collective benefit.”

Coyne said the club has signed three players during the off-season.

“Bor Bor Sam and Declan Hargreaves (are) returning from stints in Melbourne and (we’ve signed) ex-Perth Glory player Jacob Collard,” he said.

“We also have Jack Allen returning from a knee injury so he is like a new signing but there will be a couple more to come in.”

He said the goal was to win all five trophies up for grabs in the 2017-18 season.

“We have the depth to do it and the players have the hunger to do it so we believe that if we get the structures right within the group they will be in a good position to do so,” he said.