Western Pride FC is happy to announce Corey Lucas has signed a new contract to become the first player confirmed for the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2017 season.
The signing caps a huge week for the Lucas who was featured on the Fox Sports’ series Ones To Watch on Tuesday.
Lucas said it was an easy decision to recommit to his home-town club.
“We’ve shown positive signs throughout the season and looking ahead to next year its quite exciting and something I want to be a part of,” Lucas said.
“The group of boys we have here are all good mates both on and off the field which makes training 3 nights a week worth it.”
Lucas is an Ipswich product who came up through the ranks of local community sides Ipswich Knights, Ipswich City Bulls and most recently Western Spirit before jumping up three divisions to join Pride at the start of the season.
The 20-year old put in a series of eye-catching appearances at central defence and left back, attracting further attention as an unexpected set-piece goal threat with 6 strikes in 20 appearances.
“Performance-wise I feel I had some good games and contributed quite well, though I had a few off games as well,” Lucas said
“It was a very enjoyable season coming up against teams that played different styles and marking strikers and wingers who all had unique threats.”
The 20-year old added he enjoyed the unique development experiences Pride offered, including May’s clash against the New Zealand national team.
Off the pitch Lucas has been a leading member of the club’s community engagement, recently presenting awards and reading to Boonah State School students as part of the Learning With Pride program.
Lucas said he was looking forward to next season but was taking anything for granted despite signing a new contract
“It sounds very clichéd but to try and hold down a first team spot I’ll have to keep improving,” Lucas said.
“This year is the fittest I have been and my overall game has benefited from that, but there is still plenty of room to improve in most areas.”
Lucas was optimistic Pride were on the up after finishing their season with three straight wins against higher-placed teams.
“As a team I think we play a good style of football and feel a few of the results might have been a bit different if we won some key moments in games,” Lucas said.
“I think finals are realistic and a longer stint in the FFA Cup.”
Words: Garry McKenzie
Photo Credit: Chris Simpson
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