Western Pride technical director Paul Lonton.
Western Pride technical director Paul Lonton.

Chance to embrace pathway to top: Lonton

WESTERN Pride technical director Paul Lonton, from Football Queensland, answered several questions at Wednesday night's forum.

He tackled a range of subjects from the girls program to selection issues and school sport.

Lonton explained how the Football Federation of Australia-backed APL would work in conjunction with next year's revamped Brisbane Premier League competition.

He pushed a common message.

"This is the pathway aligned closer to the A-League than Brisbane," said Lonton who has overseen Ipswich's Centre of Excellence for the past two years.

"We now have the opportunity to play at the highest level, underpinned by the Brisbane Premier League with the (Ipswich) Knights.

"We want you to embrace it. To all the players, I hope you take that opportunity."

While Western Pride will have teams in the APL and the Knights field sides in the BPL, other regional clubs will also continue to provide junior and senior opportunities.

Western Spirit's top men's line-up will play in next year's Capital League 1 competition.

Ipswich City is in the new Capital League 2 competition.

Springfield United is in Capital League 4 with Colleges United junior teams competing from Division 1.

Lonton said Western Pride players and coaches would have access to the best development and education support.

However, he said those involved with the program would have to commit to training.

"Do you want to play for Queensland, Australia, the Roar?" Lonton asked the audience.

"If so, what are you prepared to give up?"

He said time management would be a big issue, especially for talented young players.

Keep reading your QT for regular Western Pride updates and information about trials and appointments.



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