The Coastal Premier League is set to kick off on March 28th, and Coffs United head coach Glen Williams sees it as a fantastic opportunity for youth players who want to test themselves at a higher level.
The CPL will see the best five teams from North Coast come up against the best four teams from Port Macquarie’s Mid North Coast zone, which will create a consistently high level of competition each week.
Glen Williams, Coffs United’s returning Head Coach, says not only will this spark some life into what has become a stale competition over the past 3 years, but it also compliments North Coast Football’s talented player pathway, which up until this year has ended at the age of 16.
“Some of our young players have aspirations to take their football further, and they see this competition as a stepping stone to that next level. We’ve got a few players who have come through the NPL, it’s great to continue that player pathway and offer a clear opportunity for our best young talent.”
Williams said there’s lots of excitement and anticipation of the new competition.
“The excitement around the Coastal Premier League has sparked life into our pre-season, we’re getting a lot of players to training, and I think the challenge and excitement this year is playing new teams, new players. You can get a bit stale playing the same teams and same opposition all the time. It will be good, we came up against Port Saints last week, that was a tough game and they showed some real quality.”
Under different leadership in 2019, and with a string of players missing or underperforming, Coffs United failed to make the Grand Final for the first time in five years, and came in third behind a strong Boambee FC and Woolgoolga Wolves.
In 2020 though, they look a different team.
“The new teams, the new players to come up against each week will bring some life back into the competition. It’s disappointing not to see Urunga there, and Woolgoolga after making the Grand Final last year, but that’s the challenge of regional football, our best young players will often go off to Uni and we lose that talent after developing them for several years.”
“The boys are looking forward to some away trips to Port Macquarie, it’s going to be a good new challenge for the club.”
Find out more about the Coast Premier League at www.coastalpremierleague.com.au