Nerimbera Soccer club members Finn Mackenzie, Ricky England, Mark Brown, Roy Benson and Zhayd Harbin look forward to a big 2012.
Nerimbera Soccer club members Finn Mackenzie, Ricky England, Mark Brown, Roy Benson and Zhayd Harbin look forward to a big 2012. Allan Reinikka

Back to glory days for stalwarts

NERIMBERA  is one of the oldest and proudest clubs in Queensland, but club president Mark Brown and 2012 coach Roy Benson are out to make it a club of the future.

Compared to its halcyon days when Nerimbera was the benchmark of local football, the club's top team has underachieved in recent times.

Benson admits there is no quick fix, a return as a force will need planning for the future.

But that does not mean the 2012 squad will not be competitive and capable of making it all the way to another Wesley Hall Cup triumph.

Benson has had the playing group together for a short time and is already happy with what he has seen.

"The boys are very positive, a great group," he said.

Like all clubs there will be changes with some players moving away from the area or to other clubs for one reason or another.

For Benson there is some disappointment as the club did lose a group of promising young players.

While this has occurred the club has attracted many new players, offsetting the junior set back.

"I like coaching young players and giving them every opportunity," he said.

The club has retained some good youngsters and while they will have opportunities, Benson has been around the sport too long to promote them to premier grade without first earning that right.

"My job is to build a base from which this club can grow," Benson said.

Benson will not be doing the job alone with Chris Clarke and Ricky England acting as his assistants.

Success this year for Nerimbera is to produce good footballers with trophies a bonus and Benson said he won't hold back players who want to improve their playing status.

"I will encourage players who want to go to the Cougars," he said.

A coach needs the support of club administrators and Benson said this was an area where he has no problems.

"The club committee has been wonderful," he said.

The man leading that committee for his second term is Mark Brown and he is proud of the club he leads.

"Financially we are okay," he said.

"Our job is to constantly upgrade our (Pilbeam Park) facilities."

As an administrator Brown sees success by the club's committee as continual improvement of its infrastructure and financial reserves.

"Adequate performance needs adequate financial returns," he said.

"This committee will deliver a profit."

Brown said Nerimbera was in a good position and had it not been then the club could have struggled this season.

A decision by Football Queensland to change the way registration fees are collected sees clubs having to find a large slice of money before a ball is kicked and certainly before many of the clubs have collected all their player fees.

However, a club strength should be in its numbers and Nerimbera has introduced policies to provide an increase of players and this includes family discounts.



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