New era dawns
Tough start to test Steve Glockner's new-look ACE squad
A NEW chapter starts in the history of Albany Creek Excelsior tomorrow night when The Gap visit Wolter Park, kick-off 8.30pm.
ACE have a new coach, new captain and a new-look squad in a much-changed Brisbane Premier League. But the targets remain the same.
Coach Steve Glockner said the extra preparation time, due to last weekend’s heavy rain and postponement of the Round One match at Grange, had been useful.
“It’s helped us,” he said, “we’ve been able to do more with the players. It’s been a positive for us.
“The squad is still developing, but we’ve had a bit more time to get to know the players, identify their strengths and understand them.
“But it will still be nice to actually start the season.”
Cristian Sorbello is back and will captain the side tomorrow against The Gap, who finished eighth in the Capital League 1 last year before moving up with the restructure following the formation of the new QPL.
Alongside Sorbello in the ACE squad are regulars from last season such as Declan Morris, Josh Hall, Yasu Fujimoto and Hamish Maguire.
New faces will include former Brisbane City keeper Matt Lugo, midfielder Toru Amano who has made the trip from Easts, Japanese central midfielder Shota Nakagawa who arrived this week and South Korean forward Young Nam Kim (known as Lio).
“We could have done with a few more games,” said Steve Glockner, “there were issues with cancellations, the weather and the preparations have been tricky at times.
“But it is what it is and I’m happy with the players, we want to get results and we want to keep improving.”
On the Football Brisbane season preview, ACE have been tipped to finish fifth this season – the same position as last year when we missed the finals by two goals on goal difference.
Grange, who we were scheduled to face on Sunday, are reckoned to be favourites for the title, The Gap second, Taringa third and North Pine fourth.