FOOTBALL: First year Fire captain has impressed
Aug
17
2015

SUNSHINE Coast Fire first-year captain Reyze Kelly's ability to rally his young team through a troublesome season looks likely to land him a successive year at the helm.

Despite squandering a series of chances to draw 0-0 against Brisbane Roar's youth side yesterday, the Fire has enjoyed a relatively rich vein of form with two draws and two wins from its past four games.

After a tumultuous midseason that saw the side go 10 games without a win and the controversy that surrounded the sacking of two players by text message, things are looking much brighter.

The club's new direction has seen a successful injection of youth in the latter stages of the season and Fire owner Noel Woodall praised Kelly's ability to lead them.

"Reyze has done a fantastic job," he said.

"He's earned another contract.

"I've just told him that he's done a great job and he's a great boy.

"We're happy with his performance this year and we will enter negotiations with Rezye for next year."

Kelly expressed his keen interest to continue his mentoring responsibility well into the future.

"I've enjoyed leading the boys out there and I'd like to keep going with that role next year," he said.

But Woodall wasn't so transparent on the future of his first-year coach Paul Arnison.

"We're not saying Paul is sacked today," he said.

"We will see whether he wants to come back or if he has other ambitions.

"It's all about money so we'll see how much he asks for...we'll make a decision over the next three weeks."

BUT Arnison was casting no illusions about where he wants to be next year.

"I'd love to give it another crack next year and take responsibility for team for a second year," he said.

"When I'm on the touchline, I'm into it, whenever we get chances; I love every minute of it...It's in my blood, so why wouldn't I have enjoyed it?

"I get satisfaction and pleasure when I see the boys doing the things that we worked on at training."

A heavyweight in the state league from 2008-2013, the Fire is ninth of 12 teams this campaign.

It hopes to cap the season off on a high next weekend when it clashes with Brisbane Strikers at home in round 22 of the Queensland NPL.

The two clubs share an extensive rivalry, fuelled by the Fire's ex- coach Kevin A'herne-Evans going to the Strikers this year.

Strikers can take out the premiership by beating the Fire, but Arnison wants to crash the party. "We want to be the party poopers," he said.

BUT Arnison was casting no illusions about where he wants to be next year.

"I'd love to give it another crack next year and take responsibility for team for a second year," he said.

"When I'm on the touchline, I'm into it, whenever we get chances; I love every minute of it...It's in my blood, so why wouldn't I have enjoyed it?

"I get satisfaction and pleasure when I see the boys doing the things that we worked on at training."

A heavyweight in the state league from 2008-2013, the Fire is ninth of 12 teams this campaign.

It hopes to cap the season off on a high next weekend when it clashes with Brisbane Strikers at home in round 22 of the Queensland NPL.

The two clubs share an extensive rivalry, fuelled by the Fire's ex- coach Kevin A'herne-Evans going to the Strikers this year.

Strikers can take out the premiership by beating the Fire, but Arnison wants to crash the party. "We want to be the party poopers," he said.

LADDER: Strikers 43, Moreton Bay 40, Redlands 39, Olympic 36, FNQ 31, Northern 30, Roar 28, Palm Beach 27, Sunshine Coast 23, Western Pride 22, City 22, SWQ 1.


Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

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