Cap Coast red hot under new boss
FOOTBALL: Trophies are not won in pre-season but if Cap Coast FC's start to the year is any indication, silverware could be coming to Apex Park.
The club is desperate to avoid a third straight third place finish.
Vital to their chances is a retained squad hungrier than ever.
New coach Josh McLennan has taken over the top role after servicing his apprenticeship under Shaun Janes last season.
All signs are pointing to a successful season.
"We have had a few solid hit outs so far against Nerimbera, Frenchville and the Mackay Magpies," McLennan said.
"The hard work the lads have done since the end of the season has been shown in our strong performances so far.
"Mackay were a great club to play against, it was clean, ending in a 3-3 draw with plenty of positive signs.
"The other two clashes were purely about fitness but we got what we needed."
McLennan has no plans to change the possession-based Cap Coast are renowned for.
"They are big shoes to fill," he said in taking over from Janes.
"He has been coaching the team for a number of years and experienced some great achievements during his time.
"I still talk to him every day about the team. It was great to have to opportunity to learn from him for 12 months in order to take over.
"It is no secret we play possession-based football and that won't change. The young players coming through into our squad add the speed and flair that's required to challenge the tougher opponents."
The rookie coach is wary about pre-season form not correlating to success and was quick to talk up his opposition.
He said the heartbreak of going down to Clinton two years running was in the back of his squad's mind.
"The top two teams are still Clinton and Frenchville," he said.
"I don't think Frenchville are weakened, even without Michael Cay they still contain plenty of players that are difficult to handle.
"It was hard to take but the boys use it as motivation to improve their results."