CQFC Energy coach Ray Wood at Rugby Park. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
CQFC Energy coach Ray Wood at Rugby Park. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK140613scqfc2

Tough five-weeks start for coach Ray Wood fires CQFC Energy

WELL its been a very fast paced five weeks into the role and we as a club have been on such a huge learning curve through all the small changes I have made since I have been in Central Queensland. I can't believe how far and how fast the club is moving on and off the field and how adaptable the squad have been during this period.

We have been involved in some very highly charged games over the past few weeks and being from Europe I would not have it any other way. And due to my passion and commitment I can get a little over-excited with decisions on the field and have recently commented on some decisions made by officials. When I reflect back and look at the tape these decisions where 100% correct.

I hope people understand how important match officials are in the game of football and we all need to be right behind these guys in supporting them. And I am the first to admit if I spot a mistake I have made I will hold up my hands and correct any early reactions I had to some previous decisions on the field.

Let's all make a stand and support the match officials and I am sure the game will grow into a more enjoyable experience.

Part of the small changes I have made since I have been here has been the introduction of three new players to our squad in the past few days. As previously mentioned I am a huge fan of young local talent and I have offered three senior contracts to some of our existing youth players; Jordan Polkinghorne, Riley Polkinghorne and Darcy Grant.

All three players have joined the senior ranks with immediate effect and started training with us on Monday.

I have been very impressed with all three players since joining us full time and they are going to offer so much to the current squad. All of them are physically very strong and big boys, but also bring a high level of tactical/technical knowledge with them.

Being in the senior environment they will develop very quickly and will become some of our rising stars in the coming years as we head towards NPL title contention for next season.

We have had a very productive week so far at the training ground and we are looking forward to our visit to Brisbane to play Olympic this weekend.

What better game for our newly shaped squad to test themselves against than the current league leaders? In my first six games we have played the top five teams and I would not have it any other way. This has enabled me to gain great knowledge and understanding of the types of systems and tactics we will need to employ next season in our quest to push for the NPL title.

Again I am asking for patience from all fans, friends and family of the CQFC Energy and I would like to set a reminder that we are building for our future at the moment and trust in me that we are moving in the right direction.

I would like to make clear to people in the wider football arena to please not mistake confidence as arrogance.

I have a dream and a vision for CQFC and this is fuelled by a confidence, and it is through this confidence that I am aiming for the best future for CQFC.

I would like to wish all teams in the NPL the best of luck for the rest of the season and can promise we will be trying our best to shake up a few results.



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