Energy ready to turn on in 2014 after bumpy year in 2013
RAY Wood is predicting a season of highs for CQFC.
There is no doubt the Central Queensland Energy endured a bumpy 2013, but as the 2014 Queensland National Premier League season approaches it is nothing but smooth sailing.
CQFC head coach Wood (pictured) met with Football Queensland representatives yesterday and said with plenty of positive feedback he was confident the CQ Energy were headed down the right path.
"We have been through a fairly up and down season but we are headed in the right (footballing) direction," Wood said.
"It has really turned around and we have had some really positive feedback from Football Queensland."
Wood said he had been putting the Energy recruits through their paces for the past six weeks.
And the coach said he could not be happier with his squad's improvements.
"We split the pre-season into two stages this year and we've completed the first stage now," he said.
"In the season just past we only started pre-season training in mid January so we are well ahead this time.
"I am most pleased with the quality of the squad and their commitment to training."
With about 40 players trialling with CQFC in the first half of the pre-season, Wood said from January 6 training would ramp up in preparation for the final team selection.
"Our main focus for the second stage of the pre-season is to name the senior and under-20 squad on January 20th," he said.
"We will name about 34 players for the teams, and as we have another six players joining us in 2014 to train, we will disperse about 12 players into the local competition.
"We have another six pre-season games lined up for next year and we will play Clinton (Gladstone) at home and away, Mackay at home and away as well as Southside United and Frenchville."