Ipswich football recruit keen to step up
WESTERN Pride's latest signing will add versatility to the National Premier Leagues football senior side next season.
Jean-Delors Tuyishme is keen to continue developing his football career after stints with NPL champions Redlands and previously with Capalaba.
"Pretty much because it's an NPL team and most of the people that play here are all my age so it's easier to get along with them,'' he said of why he made the move.
"The last few seasons I've been playing NPL so it would be nice to stay in the league and continue my football career.''
Tuyishime, 21, sat on the bench for Redlands in last year's grand final but didn't get a chance to share in the on-field experience.
"That's one of the reasons I wanted to play in the NPL league because I realise how much of a big league it is compared to the BPL,'' he said.
"Even sitting on the bench, I just got noticed so here I am, signed with Western Pride.''
The Holland Park Hawks junior, who came up through the NPL youth ranks with Brisbane City, can play "anywhere on the left''.
Western Pride played the Holland Park Hawks in last Saturday's friendly at Brassall.
Pride beat the Brisbane Premier League side 2-0.
Geoff Macintyre landed a penalty against former Pride goalkeeper Duncan Short before Gabby Hawash scored a late goal from a tap-in.
Pride were missing several first teamers but player of the future Corey Lucas was back after shaking off a niggle.
The Holland Park Hawks finished third in this year's Brisbane Premier League.
Tuyishime enjoyed his run with Western Pride against a former club.
"As a team, we did very very well,'' he said. "It seems like we have a lot of good communication in the team and that's why we ended up winning the game.''
Last weekend's trial at the Ipswich Grammar School fields completed three recent friendlies for Western Pride.
Head coach Graham Harvey was keen to give his younger squad players some valuable game time against Gold Coast and Logan before the latest match.
"It's early days so we've just been looking at a few boys on trials,'' Harvey said, keen to fill spots left by Roar Youth squad recruits Joe Duckworth and Hayden Mchenery.
"We're just trying to build a squad.''
Western Pride players have a break for Christmas before returning to training on January 3.