Nathan Yoon, pictured above with coach Steve Glockner, did not have “not much of a decision to make” when deciding his footballing future for the 2023 season.
The 23-year-old striker says it was a “pretty easy choice” to sign for ACE as it prepares for a new challenge in FQPL 1 – the state’s second tier.
“I grew up playing against this club and it was always difficult coming here,” he said.
“I know (president) Tony Dooley a bit and of course had heard of (coach) Steve Glockner. I actually played with his son Carter (at Brisbane City).
“Obviously, I’ve seen the club’s achievements in recent years and ACE has always been strong … so it was a pretty easy choice.”
Nathan says he likes to be flexible within a team, but has played left wing/striker, “a bit on the right and number 10 as well”.
His footballing career has taken him to Brisbane City, Brisbane Strikers, Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba, Brisbane Roar Youth and last season at Western Pride.
“I hope I can come up with a lot of goals (next season) and a few assists.
“Targets? I’d like to score 15 goals next year. If I can get past that then 20. If I could pick up the golden boot I’ll be really, really happy!”
But, the physiotherapist who works in Albany Creek warned “FQPL 1 is a tough competition”.
“In previous years it may have been possible to take it a bit easier against some sides,” Nathan said.
“But this year (when he was at Western Pride) you had to play your best every week – and next season it will be tougher still.
“Look at the clubs which have come down – Capalaba and Logan. Coming up – Surfers Paradise, ACE and Wynnum.”
Adding into that mix will be clubs already in FQPL 1, such as Brisbane Strikers, SWQ Thunder and Sunshine Coast, and Caboolture.
“What Nathan will bring to this team will be invaluable,” coach Steve Glockner said.
“He knows FQPL 1, he’s played at that level and knows the challenge it presents. We’re delighted he is joining us and we look forward to many goals.”