Western Pride FC’s Louis Wilson and Oliver Dearns have been named in the Queensland U13 Boys squad for October’s National Championships at Coffs Harbour.
Wilson is a central defender with a knack for scoring goals.
Dearn plays as a holding midfielder.
The defensive pair have been mainstays for Pride’s U13 side this season under the tutelage of their long-term coach Jamie Dixon.
Dixon said he was not surprised the talented pair received state recognition.
“This is simply down to their hard work and dedication to become better each and every day,” Dixon said.
“We wish them all the best and I am sure we will see a lot of great achievement from the boys in the next few years.”
Pride was originally formed in late 2012 with the aim of providing a pathway for young players towards a professional football career.
This year has seen Pride’s development program mature with Wilson and Dearns joining an increasing number of players receiving recognition from representative and professional teams.
Last month Holly McQueen and Dominique Spampinato took the field for the Queensland U15 team at the National Girls Championship.
McQueen’s form at the tournament saw her called up to the Australian Women’s National U17 team camp being held in Canberra this week.
Hayden Mchenery recently joined Brisbane Roar Youth and may be joined at season’s end by Joe Duckworth and Bonventure Thomas-Remijo who continue to trial at the Hyundai A-League club.
Roar are also running their eye over a number of Pride youngsters for their Queensland Academy of Sport program.
Several players are also trailing at overseas professional clubs including Joel Haack (Wrexham) and Doug Brown (St Mirren).
Words: Garry McKenzie
Photo: Pat Boyle WPFC’s General Manager (from left), Louis Wilson, Oliver Dearn and Jamie Dixon U13 NPL coach
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