17-year-old the one to watch on the CQFC Energy field
CQFC Energy midfielder Kevin Fraser believes his next door neighbour will be the club's player to watch in 2014.
Fraser, who hails from Inverness, Scotland, has formed close ties, both on and off the field, with former Nerimbera junior Braedyn Crowley, the man who he predicts was gearing up for a breakout season in the National Premier League competition.
"The one to watch would probably be Braedyn," 22-year-old Fraser said.
"He's still only young, he's 17 (but) watch out for him. He's got good skills and he's a strong boy for his age too."
Next door neighbours in Gracemere, the pair finished the back end of the 2013 NPL season calling the shots for the Energy side in the midfield.
A month into the club's 2014 pre-season training, and Crowley said they had been working hard on the training paddock ahead of tonight's first pre-season friendly at CQUniversity.
"It's going well. Obviously we're starting earlier than most teams, but (coach) Ray (Wood) has got a vision and we're all sticking to it," Crowley said.
"(Training), it's been pretty tough. Most of the boys are still pretty unfit but they're working hard. Kevin and I have been running most days to get our fitness up."
Ahead of the 2014 NPL season, Fraser and Crowley will get their first opportunity to impress Energy coach Wood tonight when they play 2013 Central Queensland Football Premier League champion Frenchville in their first pre-season friendly of the season.
"This first pre-season game will give an opportunity to have a look at the younger players in the squad and also for the players to get a bit of fitness up," Wood said.
The Energy have scheduled 12 trial matches in total - six before the Christmas break and six after - in preparation for the 2014 National Premier League season.
Following tonight's match, they will play another match against Frenchville next Saturday, two matches against Southside United and Wood was hoping to have a couple more friendlies against CQ club teams.
"What we're doing is we're offering two fixtures to any local team between now and the start of the season," Wood said.
"We're looking to get the likes of Nerimbera and the other teams on board, because we're trying to build the relationships with the local clubs."
Wood said the club's five new signings for 2014 would join the club next month and early in the new year.
"There's a good chunk of guys who will be regulars in the team yet to arrive," Wood said.
"Those five will make up the core of our team so in these trials I'll get a chance to look at the rest of the squad to fill up the other spots."
CQFC Energy v Frenchville
2014 NPL pre-season trial
Tonight, 7pm at CQUniversity.