Can't wait to start
THE predictions are in – and looking good as ACE prepares to launch its 2017 Flight Centre Premier League campaign on Saturday.
Coach Pouria Nabi and his team travel to much-changed Ipswich Knights, kick-off 7pm, looking for a winning start.
And that is the prediction on Football Brisbane’s Round One preview for the Premier League. The writer tipping a 2-1 win and ACE finishing the season in the top four.
“I am excited and cannot wait to get in to the season,” said Pouria, “I’m up for it. I think 2017 will be really exciting and entertaining for ACE.
“I am generally happy, we have had a few injuries, but the boys are ready to go after eight or nine weeks pre-season preparation.
“Our aim is to continue the style we had in the second half of last season, after we made those changes.
“But I think this season we will be more attacking, more attractive to watch. I can say to everyone who turns up, I think we will entertain.”
A key summer signing for ACE was Royce Brownlie, the foundation captain for Moreton Bay United and the NPL Queensland’s all-time leading scorer.
“I’m really happy have Royce in the side for many reasons,” said Pouria, “his experience, his leadership and mentoring younger players.
“He is great on the park. He can coach on the field. He will spot things and sort them out.”
That may come in handy against a new-look Ipswich Kinghts side which has a new coach and few players retained from last season.
“Ipswich have totally changed,” said Pouria, “but I saw them in the Silver Boot Cup and everyone in our squad must be ready for the challenge.”