Braden, 18, and Nelson Burgess, 16, new soccer players for the Miners.
Braden, 18, and Nelson Burgess, 16, new soccer players for the Miners. Daily Mercury

Brothers leave Maclean for Miners

TWO young soccer players have followed their coach to join the Whitsunday Miners for the 2010 Queensland State League.

Braden Burgess, 18, and his brother Nelson, 16, moved to Mackay this week from Maclean.

They have brought with them their mother Sheryl and sister Casey, 11, for the chance to continue playing under new Miners coach John Sowter who is building a squad after taking over early in the new year.

“That’s why we’ve come here,” Braden said.

“He’s a good coach, he develops us as players.

“He finds our weak points and builds on those areas to make us better players.”

Braden, a defender, played for Goonellabah in the Northern Rivers State League and has been playing representative football for three years.

The two have trained under Sowter for several years in the Northern Rivers and both have travelled on tours to England with him – Braden in 2007 and Nelson in October last year.

Nelson, a midfielder, was offered a scholarship and a chance to play with Aberdeen in Scotland. But he wasn’t able to take it up because he is too young to gain a clearance.

“We played at Newcastle, Nottingham and in Scotland,” Nelson said.

“I’d love to go back and play professional football.”

The two will be part of the Miners’ under-19 squad which was recently completed. The senior squad is also close to completion.

Sowter said the Miners were making big efforts at training ahead of the QSL season which starts with a match at Magpies against the QAS on March 27 at 7.30pm.

“The effort has been excellent, especially during the early morning sessions which have been very hot,” Sowter said.

“We’re doing three sessions this week on the light training week and we’ll go back to six sessions next week for some heavy work.”

The under-19 squad is: Michael Kay, Sam Petersen, Joseph Civello, Matt Zappone, Warwick Jansen, Cameron Mifsud, Jake Berry, Chase Moloney, Daniel Reponen, Aurey Paton, Jack Bartolo GK, Luke Nightingale GK, Beau North, Rick DeBoer, Keenan Bailey, Jarrod Lee, Scott Lee, Brandon Paull, Dean Berry, Nelson Burgess and Braden Burgess.



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