Western Pride providing fine pathway
HAVING spent a season playing for Western Pride in the National Premier Leagues state competition, Harry Sawyer recommends it to promising footballers.
"For young players, it's definitely a good option,'' the new Brisbane Roar youth team recruit said.
"Pride are bringing in a lot of young players and that's the way they go about it and the way it should be, developing players in the NPL pathway.''
Sawyer is the third player from the region's Western Pride club to gain higher level opportunities during the NPL off-season.
Former Pride teammates Bon Scott and Ajdin "AJ'' Fetahagic have also been further developing their careers.
Goalkeeper Scott is with the Newcastle Jets, also in the National Youth League, with Fetahagic signed by professional Bosnia club Velez Mostar.
With Newcastle in a different conference to Roar, Sawyer won't receive a chance to fire shots against Scott any time soon.
However, he's happy Pride talents are being recognised at higher levels of football.
"It shows the coaching is paying off and the philosophy is actually working,'' Sawyer said.
"There's a lot of good players at Pride.''
On recruiting players from areas outside Brisbane, Roar youth coach Josh McCloughan agreed.
He said it was important to show aspiring and talented young players that there was a pathway to the A-League.
"Harry came from an NPL club and we are always looking to them for the next generation of top young players,'' the Roar youth coach.
"The Roar need their increasing support. We know how much hard work goes into their sides and player development and we hope to continue on from that process to take players to the next level.
"Harry Sawyer has taken his next steps along that pathway and we will be working hard to fulfil his potential.''