Home-grown hopes for team

Mandurah City head coach Billy Russell.
Mandurah City head coach Billy Russell.

For head coach Billy Russell and his team the new season is full of hope and local promise.

The days of paying big bucks to players from Perth to come down twice a week and then depart north are over for the Black and Whites.

The emphasis is on local at Peelwood Reserve now.

Russell played for Rockingham for almost 10 years and has been involved with several other clubs, such as Armadale and Canning.

‘We want to play good football, we want to be competitive and of course we want to win,’ he said.

‘But there’s a good buzz around the club right now after a few years of people playing just for money.

‘Now don’t have any, so we know we have to look at our own youngsters.’

‘We can’t afford to pay stupid money on players from the city so let’s grow our own and we will have a local team to proud of.’

Coming into first team contention this year are Luke Johnston and Jaden Geerling. Russell believes both have what it takes.

‘Luke’s a midfield/wide player who has tremendous attitude, and that’s good,’ he said.