Western Pride players in line for elite opportunity

WESTERN Pride players are being watched closely, in line for future Brisbane Roar call-ups.

That's what Roar head coach Mike Mulvey confirmed yesterday preparing to play Western Pride in Toowoomba on September 18.

The pre-season match between the A-League giants and National Premier League debutants follows Roar's game against Melbourne Victory in Ipswich.

Mulvey said his team was regularly scouting Queensland talent for the A-League and youth (under-20) sides.

"Absolutely. That is 100% what it's about,'' Mulvey said when asked if Western Pride's players were in line for higher honours.

"We're always looking for young players, and established players, who are good enough to step up into the A-League.''

Manchester-born Mulvey is delighted to have been appointed full-time Roar coach this season.

"I came here in 1982 and I consider myself a very, very proud Queenslander,'' he said.

"I've always held aspirations to be the best coach that I could be.

"It's been an incredible journey that I've really enjoyed.

"There's been a lot of time put in and now it's a question of making that transition to A-League coach and make that a success as well.''

Mulvey is looking forward to the game against Western Pride first-year mentor Kasey Wehrman, who is now Roar assistant coach.

"I've known Kasey for many, many years,'' Mulvey said.

"I worked with him as a young 12-year-old back in the day, and helped him develop a very good career.

"It's really pleasing he's stepped on to the coaching ladder now and I'm very happy that he's joined us (at Roar).

"He comes and helps with the first team so he's getting knowledge and building what I'm sure will be a very positive and happy coaching career for him.''

- David Lems

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