CQFC Energy's top striker quits team after clash with coach
CQFC Energy striker Chris Geddes has walked away from the club, fearing coach Ray Wood was about to give him the boot.
The Scottish import will leave Rockhampton on Thursday, much earlier than he envisaged after clashing with the new head coach of the Energy.
Also leaving the club for personal reasons was former captain Dylan Kussrow.
Geddes, who played the past two seasons for Stirling University in the East Scotland League, said his departure had nothing to do with his team mate's move, and was solely due to Wood's attitude to him and some of the players, as well as towards opposing teams in the NPL.
On Saturday, Geddes expected to be in the line up against Far North Queensland Heat, but was sat on the bench by Wood.
He later heard the coach wanted him out.
"His reasons for benching me weren't justifiable and I was annoyed, basically I jumped before being pushed, and I texted him to say I would be leaving as soon as possible," Geddes explained.
The striker said Wood's training ideas and systems were top class, and the young lads in the club would learn a lot from the Englishman.
However, he was also arrogant.
"I can't see how he can tell people we will win the NPL next season, when we have conceded 90 goals in 17 games this season - I don't understand his reasoning.
"I'm sure we will improve but I don't think we will shock the world. I've spoken to other coaches in the league, and they're all laughing about what he's saying, he also shows no respect to other teams in the competition from what he says about them."
He said the new coach was favouring the new players he had brought in, over those that had been with the club from the start.
But there was no guarantee the new players would hang around, he added. Geddes said he would leave proudly, as the third top goal scorer in the Queensland Premier League, scoring 17 goals from 17 games, and as the third top scorer in the Queensland Premier League.
CQ Premier League: Cap Coast 4 def CQFC 2; Central 2 def Emerald 1; Clinton 4 def Bluebirds 3; Southside United 6 def Berserker 0; Frenchville 5 def Nerimbera 0.
Cap Coast 9
THE Central Queensland Premier League's coveted top four standings remained unchanged following the weekend's round 15.
With three rounds of the regular season remaining, Clinton and Frenchville were sitting in first and second respectively, separated only by goal difference, while Central and Nerimbera were third and fourth.
A depleted Nerimbera faced a tough task when they met Frenchville on Sunday, and came off second best going down 5-0.
However, nearest rivals Bluebirds, threatening to overtake their fourth position, also lost 4-3 to reigning champions Clinton, so there was no change in the standings. Cap Coast, Central and Southside United also had wins.