FINE LINE-UP: Western Pride senior team players join with manager Darryl Christensen, Ipswich councillor David Morrison, club patron Gary Wilkins, coach Kasey Wehrman and chairman Kym Wickstein at Friday night’s presentation function.
FINE LINE-UP: Western Pride senior team players join with manager Darryl Christensen, Ipswich councillor David Morrison, club patron Gary Wilkins, coach Kasey Wehrman and chairman Kym Wickstein at Friday night’s presentation function. CONTRIBUTED

Rule appreciates his two awards as Roar watch his progress

HAVING trialled recently with Brisbane Roar, Ipswich product Lincoln Rule has plenty to look forward to on the football field.

He spent a month with the club's A-League and youth squads before being asked to refocus on next season's National Premier League competition.

"They are going to monitor me over the next 12 months to see how I progress and see what happens," Rule said. "Hopefully next season, I get another chance.''

While pondering his promising future, Rule was rewarded with two major Western Pride awards at Friday night's senior presentation function at the Ipswich Turf Club.

The classy midfielder was named men's senior player of the year and won the players' player honour in his second season with the NPL club.

However, it was the first time he'd won such an important double at senior level.

"To be voted the best player by your team is pretty special," said Rule, 23.

"To win the player of the season means a lot.

"But I wouldn't be able to do it without my teammates or Kasey (coach Kasey Wehrman) especially."

Those teammates include Pride's 2014 best and fairest award winner Peter Drager.

"It was good to see him get that. He deserves that," Rule said.

"He works hard and he always gives 100 percent, and he scored a lot of important goals for us."

The Ipswich born-and-bred footballer also thanked Wehrman, who is heading to Norway to further his coaching career.

"Kasey has left behind a good legacy," Rule said.

"We've got a good culture and everyone at the club respects Kasey and really appreciates what he's done.

"The club wouldn't be where it is today without all the hard work that Kasey has done."

The pair formed a special bond at Western Pride.

"Kasey is a mentor to me," Rule said.

"Over the last two years, the way that he's coached us and the respect I've got for him and what he's done for me personally, I can't thank him enough."

About to complete his university business management studies in the new year, Rule said he wanted to stay at Western Pride.

"It's important Ipswich keeps all the local players there," he said.

"I have been talking to a few other clubs but I'm yet to make a decision."

Rule is eager to see how new coach - former A-League player Karl Dodd - shapes the team in coming weeks.

As one of Pride's most valuable acquisitions, Rule was also thrilled to see cousins Daniel Kleinhans and Cameron Kleinhans awarded the best and fairest and players' player accolades in their youth division.

"They got a few opportunities in the first team and they thoroughly deserved them," Rule said.

"They are two good young players I'm looking forward to seeing how they progress next season.

"Hopefully they hang around at the Pride."

Melissah Von Bischoffshausen was named Western Pride's women's senior player of the year.



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