Pride recruit hungry for NPL success
A BOUT of food poisoning denied defensive midfielder Adam Endean a chance to play his first National Premier Leagues match for Western Pride.
A feed of sushi last week didn't agree with the Pride newcomer who was keen to line up against Sunshine Coast last weekend.
He was quickly ruled out of the match Pride drew 1-1 after a thrilling late penalty.
"I was just up all night a few days before the game,'' Endean, 19, said.
"It was just the worst timing really.''
However, the English-born footballer is hoping its second time lucky against the newly named Gold Coast City team at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday night.
"I'm feeling good,'' he said, having played for Palm Beach in last year's NPL state competition.
"I was training quite well up until the sickness.
"It should be a tough game but I'm really looking forward to it.
"A majority of them just transferred over from Palm Beach.''
Griffith University commerce student Endean knows most of tomorrow night's opponents, having played for Palm Beach last year in the same competition.
Endean came off the bench through the season and received some valuable game time in the national FFA Cup series.
The Gold Coast-based player came on as a sub in Palm Beach's round of 32 clash with South Melbourne at Robina.
The televised match went to extra time with Endean sharing in the excitement as Palm Beach advanced to the next stage.
"That was probably my best footballing experience to date,'' he said.
on Saturday, Endean has a chance to play for Pride alongside another Gold Coast player with Ipswich links.
Will McFarlane's dad Al was one of Ipswich's best footballers during the late 1980s, playing stopper/centre back for Coalstars during the club's run of success.
Like Endean, Will is eager to secure a spot in the Pride starting line-up.
That's why Endean headed to the Pride after moving to Australia and playing in the Gold Coast Premier League competition.
"This Gold Coast City team has got a pretty strong squad, especially in that midfield where I play,'' he said.
"(At Pride), I just want to get as much opportunity to get that quality game time and experience.
"For the team, I'd love to go well in the season, especially the FFA Cup. Last year was just a great experience.''
Away from football, Endean is an avid sports watcher.
He's already demonstrated his commitment to the Pride by travelling from the Gold Coast to Ipswich regularly to train, in addition to his study.
In other team news, Pride defender Alastair Wallis is in doubt with a swollen ankle sustained in last weekend's draw with Sunshine Coast.
Saturday night's NPL match in Ipswich kicks off at 7pm.