North Coast Football juggernaughts Boambee have enlisted two-time A League champion Troy Hearfield as their senior men’s head coach for the coming Coastal Premier League season.
Troy, 33, is a decorated player, who experienced success during his stints with the Newcastle Jets, Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast in the A League – reaching the pinnacle with premierships, at the Jets in the 2007-08 seasaon and the Mariners in 2011-12.
His link with Boambee – the reigning North Coast champions – is bound to create ripples of anticipation across the North Coast.
Troy relocated to the district after his wife landed a teaching job here, and 2021 will be his first taste of coaching at senior level.
The good news for the Eagles doesn’t end there, as Troy hopes the dangerously talented Brady Parker will return to Ayrshire Park for the next campaign after taking a year off.
Boambee’s first serious assignment will be the third round of the FFA Cup – where they are drawn to meet neighbours Sawtell in the third round in late March.
This far out from general competition, Troy is unsure what players he will have to work with – but at a macro level, he has his thoughts. “We’ll be looking to play an attacking style of football – and not sit back,” he said.
“We want other teams to have to change their patterns based on what we will bring, not the other way around.
“But having said that, a team needs to be built on good defence.”