Life looks up for Reagan Alder
FORMER Rockhampton football star Reagan Alder might not be exactly where he would like to be but his playing career is nevertheless on the rise.
The teenage former Bluebirds player left for Brisbane about two years ago, hoping the city would provide him with the first step of a footballing odyssey.
The skilful midfield/striker had been to the United Kingdom and trialled with a number of teams including Scottish Division One side Raith Rovers.
It looked as if Alder's dreams had come true as Raith liked his style and wanted him to return to Scotland for an extended trial.
That was when the wheels fell off as Football Federation Australia has a policy for players wishing to sign with overseas clubs and Alder did not fit the criteria.
He stayed at Brisbane Strikers under the guidance of coach Stuart McLaren, another former Rockhampton player, and has been rewarded with a contract for the 2010 Hyundai QSL season.
Already Alder has made a few appearances in the Strikers senior team but the majority of his stint at the club has been in Reserve grade and with the club's under-21 squad.
Rockhampton's Derek Doolan has been a mentor for the young player and he is confident Alder has put the disappointment of not being able to take up a football contract in the UK behind him.
“He has to try and crack it here now,” he said.
Alder spent a few months trialling with A-League teams Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast but so far nothing has come from that.
“I think Reagan will go (A-League) next year,” he said.
“Perth (Glory) are also having a look at him.”
Until then Doolan said Alder was at a top club, under a quality coach and should not be too discouraged about the limited number of chances he has received.
“Reagan had a good year but Stuart had a cracking side last year.”