Evans roars up soccer ranks
By RACHAEL BORICH
FORMER Capricorn Coast ju- nior soccer player Josh Evans is roaring through the Brisbane soc- cer ranks.
Evans, 18, was in Rockhampton last weekend playing for his Bris- bane club side Taringa Rovers in a scoreless trial game against the Frenchville Sports Club Capri- corn Cougars.
The centre back returns to Rockhampton's Ryan Park this Saturday night to play the Cou- gars again, this time lining-up as an invitational player for Bris- bane's Pine Rivers club in the opening round of the Football Queensland State Cup.
Just another football commit- ment for this rising star in the game.
Evans's quality is also being re- cognised by Queensland Roar A- League coach Miron Bleiberg who invited him to train with his Roar squad three weeks ago.
"Miron just asked me if I want- ed to train with them for the rest of the year,'' said Evans, who was first approached by the Roar coa- ch after being named in a Bris- bane Select Team of the Year for the best 11 players in the Bris- bane XXXX Premier League 2005 season.
"At first I kind of wanted their autographs. "It's been great fun and they're a great bunch of blokes. "He (Bleiberg) just said try to perform at training and I'll be watching.''
Evans has become a different player in a short period of time ? quickly adapting to a faster game, learning to know when he is go- ing to get the ball and standing his ground in the more physical contests.
His determination is now pay- ing off.
"There were times when I just wanted to go home, but I've stuck it out.