Knights hopes strengthened for clash with Logan
IT'S not only the return of two quality Ipswich players that has Knights coach Stewart Drinkeld excited about the new season.
It's the Brisbane Premier League side's growing depth that has the experienced footballer optimistic about the Ipswich team's fortunes.
Preparing for tomorrow night's BPL match at Logan, Drinkeld was already toying with a number of selection decisions.
He has former Western Pride attacking midfielder Lincoln Rule available to tackle Logan, with speedster Peter Drager returning soon after completing work in Western Australia.
That's a major boost for long-time Ipswich supporters Drinkeld and assistant coach Danny Wilson.
"Having Ipswich people involved with the club is obviously an important part of what Danny and I are trying to develop,'' Drinkeld said.
"They (Rule and Drager) are two of the best boys around.
"Having them on board is certainly going to help strengthen our squad that we have at the moment, which I'm really happy with.''
Another Ipswich product Lucas Wilson scored two crucial goals to secure the Knights a 3-3 draw with Albany Creek in last weekend's season opener.
"His second goal was a superb goal,'' Drinkeld said.
"It was disappointing that we conceded but it was good signs to be two goals down and come back and get something out of the game.
"Last year, I would say that we would most likely have lost games (in that situation).
"There was a positive there.
"We're progressing in the right direction.''
Among other newcomers to the Knights are English striker Matthew Johnson, who will make his starting debut up front tomorrow night.
Wide defender Aiden Tetther has joined the squad from Olympic.
Morten Levinsen is a Denmark-based player who linked with the Knights after hearing how much previous Danish players Jonas Rassmussen, Jakob Hjaltason and Mathias Waldmann enjoyed their football stints in Ipswich.
They join Knights' home-grown regulars like Dale Robinson, Chris Butler, Matt Flick, Mitch Davis, Phil Brown and Dan Liddy in this year's squad.
Tomorrow's game is at 6pm.
Regional Capital League 2 teams Western Spirit and Ipswich City Bulls also have away games tomorrow night - against Slacks Creek and Redcliffe respectively.