Ipswich talent to lift Knights
AS one of Ipswich's most loyal sportsmen, Lincoln Rule thought long and hard about his major club switch.
However, a commitment to his new job and the chance to rejoin his junior club provided the impetus to change direction.
After three seasons playing for Western Pride in the National Premier Leagues state competition, Rule has confirmed his return to the Ipswich Knights.
"It's mainly to do with work,'' Rule, 25, said.
"I've got to put work first.
"I've started a new job in the graduate program with Sigmet and I'm really enjoying it.''
However, extra travel time from his Brassall base to Wynnum cuts into his training availability.
The Knights train two nights a week for the Brisbane Premier League competition, rather than the three expected at Pride.
"Previously I've been able to work my work around football but this year having that extra night off will make a big difference,'' he said.
Rule plans to sign with the Knights on Tuesday.
The Ipswich product is excited about lacing on his Knights boots as early as next weekend.
"I can't wait. I've still got the best years ahead of me,'' he said.
Briefly scouted by the Brisbane Roar while playing for Pride, Rule is regarded as one of the city's best footballers.
However, the skilful midfielder leaves Pride on good terms.
"It's a great club. I would never say a bad word about them,'' he said. "They've done so much for me over the last three years.''
During his time at the club, he was involved in a number of community projects.
Rule's return is a major boost for the Knights who will also welcome back another former Pride player Peter Drager.
The Knights salvaged a 3-3 draw with Albany Creek in today's BPL match at Bundamba.
Lucas Wilson scored a double.