Western Pride head coach Graham Harvey
Western Pride head coach Graham Harvey Chris Simpson

Top football coach appreciates award

HAVING committed to Western Pride for the new season, Graham Harvey appreciated being named joint coach of the year at the recent City of Ipswich Sports Awards.

He shared the honour with athletics mentor Di Sheppard, who has also excelled in developing teenage talent.

"It was a nice surprise,'' Harvey said, being overseas when the recent awards function was held.

"I woke up in the morning in Florida and my phone was abuzz with about 30-40 messages and emails of congratulations. I appreciate that.''

Harvey, his wife Kelli and their young son Joshua were holidaying in the US and Canada, spending precious time with Graham's parents from the United Kingdom.

Harvey thoroughly enjoyed the three-week break after a long 2016 National Premier Leagues football season.

Back home, he's keen to build on what Western Pride has achieved after being named sporting organisation of the year in Ipswich.

"It was good for the club as well . . . just to be recognised as a joint thing between myself and the club,'' the dedicated coach said.

Harvey is in his second full pre-season with Pride having been recruited halfway through 2015.

"Certainly this year, compared to last year, it's a lot more settled,'' he said.

"I've actually got 10-12 players that are staying on board for us. That's more than last year.''

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