'Red' alert as former Premier League player returns to Spirit

DURING 10 years in Premier League football, Brodie "Red'' Kenyon was a fine on-field leader, often producing a magic pass, scoring a rapid-fire goal or lifting the team when needed.

But heading towards 30, he's happy to focus more on helping younger players.

Kenyon displayed glimpses of his trademark skill playing for Western Spirit in Saturday night's Capital League 2 season opener.

Although Spirit lost 3-0 to The Gap, Kenyon was pleased to be back with some long-time Ipswich mates and assisting the Goodna-based side that made the 2015 grand final.

"The team did well last year so hopefully I can add something extra to them and get them to the final again,'' Kenyon said.

Kenyon hopes to help Spirit push for promotion, bringing on the next generation.

"There's a lot of young boys mixed with a few older boys so hopefully show the young boys opportunities, help develop them and give the promotion a real push up before everyone heads down,'' he said.

Kenyon decided to join Spirit after a decade of higher level football with the Ipswich Knights, Taringa and Lions.

As to why he made the switch to a lower tier competition, he joked his body was no longer up to Premier League pace.

But he looked fit and sharp, being substituted in the final 10 minutes on Saturday to protect him for future matches.

"I don't feel all that fit after today but plenty of work to do,'' he said.

Kenyon  is back alongside former teammates like Jay Kitching, Raj Oshen and captain Joel Hancock.

He also knows coach Nick Paterson and other Spirit regulars through playing cricket for Eastern Taipans in the first division competition.

Kenyon came straight for his latest match at Laidley to play for Spirit. He scored 23 on a tough day out for th e Taipans.

A call from Paterson around Christmas persuaded Kenyon to join the CL2 football club.

For the second week in a row, Western Spirit and CL2 rivals Ipswich City both lost their matches 3-0.

The Bulls latest defeat was to Acacia Ridge, also in their premiership opener at Sutton Park on Saturday night.

With the local derby approaching on March 11, both teams will be keen to find some winning form on Saturday night.

Western Spirit next travels to Slacks Creek with the Bulls facing Redcliffe, also away.

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