Pat Boyle
Pat Boyle

Boyle backing top signing to develop future regional talent

WESTERN Pride general manager Pat Boyle said Kasey Wehrman's signing was a coup for the new club.

"It's fantastic news," Boyle said.

"It also outlines that we are here professionally. We're certainly not taking any shortcuts or any half measures. We want to do this properly.

"I really want Kasey to be the focal point because of his stature."

Boyle said Wehrman's main responsibility was with the senior team in next year's inaugural state competition. However, he will oversee Pride's under-18 and under-16 programs, working with Pride's technical director Paul Lonton.

"We're all there to make sure everyone develops on the right path as well," Wehrman said.

"It will be a good challenge but one that I think Ipswich has been looking forward to for a long time now.

"We can all just grab it by one hand and go with it and we'll be successful."

Wehrman has been living in Sydney in recent months after completing his A-League commitments with the Newcastle Jets.

He will meet the Pride committee this week to outline his future direction.

On an initial one-year deal, Wehrman plans to relocate to the area next month.



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