Developing rising talent major focus for Ipswich
FORMER Socceroos midfielder Kasey Wehrman sees major benefits in a stronger relationship between Western Pride and the Brisbane Roar, including a clearer pathway to the top.
"It's going to help me hopefully to entice a few more (players) down our way as well," Wehrman said.
"I'll get to see them (the best young players) first hand every day."
As Western Pride head coach and newly-appointed Roar assistant coach, Wehrman provides a vital link between two proud football centres.
While Western Pride Football Club is in line for a future A-League licence, Wehrman's main focus is helping develop young talent in Queensland, especially the Ipswich region.
"I think they (Roar) are more happy knowing there's a Queensland team being thought about now as well for the future," Wehrman said.
"From the Western Pride point of view, I really want to prove the point that Ipswich players are the players that we want and Ipswich players are the ones we can be successful with.
"It can only make our region stronger."
Western Pride will help the Roar prepare for the new A-League season during a match in Toowoomba on September 18.
Brisbane Roar are also playing Melbourne Victory at the North Ipswich Reserve on September 14.
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A number of lead-up activities are being planned, including a golf day and sports luncheon.