READY TO RUMBLE: Grafton United's Nick Taylor on the burst during the North Coast Football second division match against Coutts Crossing Cougars last season.
READY TO RUMBLE: Grafton United's Nick Taylor on the burst during the North Coast Football second division match against Coutts Crossing Cougars last season. Debrah Novak

Grafton club looking for a fresh future on local fields

SOCCER: Grafton United Football Club is ready to bring a fresh look to player development and our coaching of player style, tactics and game play.

The club's Premier League, reserve grade, women's, third grade and under-16s sides will receive the latest innovations in the sport for the 2018 season.

Grafton United FC has the pleasure of having our two head coaches, Mark Newman and Scott Elphic, for both women's and men's divisions respectively.

The pair of coaches have accrued years of knowledge in the sport with coaching school sides, club and representative sides as well as state teams.

Elphic will have a keen focus on developing players and coaches alike, working closely with reserves mentor Andy Collen.

He is known for his coaching and training styles, identified by high-ranking coaches in the region and Queensland as being "very highly ranked in the industry”.

Newman also has an important role in the future of Grafton United, with his eye set on devloping the club's burgeoning women's ranks to the top flight.

Grafton United are fortunate to have Rob Leek on board to lead the under-16 ranks as well as act as junior development officer.

Leek has a long history on the fields across the North Coast in terms of playing and coaching at all levels.

His coaching style will be a welcome addition to our junior player development, delivering the fundamentals needed to advance in this sport.

Our coaches will also be involving juniors from the under-14s ranks and below in several development sessions throughout the year to ensure skills are in place for the future. This is something many agree has been in need for many years.

Our coaches will aim to raise the bar on skills development in the Valley.

The club will host player trial days in coming months.



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