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Pride mentor roars ahead

LEARNING COACH: Former national league player and international footballer Kasey Wehrman is developing his coaching career with Western Pride and the Brisbane Roar.
LEARNING COACH: Former national league player and international footballer Kasey Wehrman is developing his coaching career with Western Pride and the Brisbane Roar. Claudia Baxter

HAVING completed a successful debut National Premier League season with Western Pride, Kasey Wehrman could have opted for some time off.

However, he couldn't be happier with a recent decision to broaden his coaching experience and help the Ipswich region develop A-League talent.

The former international footballer has been appointed an assistant coach with the Brisbane Roar youth team preparing for the new season.

The prospect of having many days off has disappeared.

However, Wehrman sees several benefits in his new role.

Apart from reuniting with his former Queensland Academy of Sport coach Mike Mulvey and another Ipswich product Jason Kearton, Wehrman can build stronger ties between the state NPL competition and A-League.

"I've been lucky because I've known Mike since I was 13 or 14," said 36-year-old Wehrman.

Mulvey helped Wehrman and his family relocate from north-west Queensland to Goodna, where the rising teenager's football career flourished.

Keen to now develop his coaching at elite level, Wehrman sees working with Mulvey, youth team head coach Jeff Hopkins, Roar conditioner Ken Stead and Kearton as a terrific opportunity.

"It's really good," said Wehrman, who played more than 140 national/A-League games and 80-plus matches for Australian under-20, under-23 and Socceroos sides between 1995 and 2012.

"I'm invited to all the senior training and all the meetings.

"It helps me with the learning and I can keep an eye on the youth team boys. Help them out as much as I can.

"Kennie trained me before I was at the Olympics (Sydney).

"I've known Jason Kearton around the traps."

Like Wehrman, Kearton played at international level for many years before returning to Ipswich.

"We've got a real good combination going on at the Roar of all different coaches from different levels and different areas as well," Wehrman said.

"That always helps when it comes to Mike because he's a big supporter of Queensland players and Queensland coaches."

Wehrman will continue his role as Western Pride head coach for the second NPL season next year.

Pride finished in eighth place with eight wins and three draws, having beaten competition leaders Olympic in their second last game.

"The Pride's been like a real surprise," Wehrman said.

"We probably achieved a lot more than we thought we would accomplish in the first year.

"I hope to go on and make that even bigger and better next year."

Helping the Roar continues Wehrman's progression.

"That's been a real icing on the cake," he said.

"On top of that, there's a few cherries on top where I've got to now - work with a full-time professional team, helping develop their youth players coming through and working alongside Mike and Jeff, who have been around a long time. And Kennie has been up and down through all the different categories of coaching as well."

The Roar youth team is being picked this week before Wehrman helps his Pride side prepare for its game against the Roar senior side on September 18.

As for a break, Wehrman accepted that would be shortlived between the NPL and A-League seasons.

"It doesn't matter. I'm doing the thing I love and that makes it a lot easier," he said.

Queensland Supporter

FOR someone born in England, Mike Mulvey has become a loyal Queenslander.

Just ask Western Pride and Brisbane Roar assistant youth coach Kasey Wehrman.

Having recently been added to the Roar coaching staff, Wehrman is excited about working again with his former Queensland Academy of Sport mentor.

Since moving to Australia, former QAS, Gold Coast and now Roar head coach Mulvey has shown his true football colours.

"He's born in Manchester but I can tell you now he's an out-and-out Queenslander," Wehrman said.

Topics:  a-league football, kasey wehrman, mike mulvey, national premier league, western pride football club



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