Western Pride FC is pleased to announce New Zealand footballer Geoff Macintyre is among a number of players who have signed on again for next season ahead the club’s first pre-season friendly on Sunday.
The 26-year old striker added valuable experience to a young Pride squad in 2016, with many of his 20 appearances coming as a steadying influence off the bench.
In a mark of his maturity, Macintyre spent much of the second-half of the season balancing his senior commitments with playing as a designated over-age player in the Youth Men squad where he acted as mentor to the next generation of Pride stars.
Macintyre said he was happy to continue being a role-model for Pride’s young brigade.
“The responsibilities I took on at the club were trying to give the other younger players experience and the crucial advice they needed to advance and improve,” Macintyre said.
“I have been playing for 23 years which is longer than most of the players’ ages.”
Macintyre conceded his form in his PlayStation® 4 National Premier League campaign had been inconsistent but said his best performances were in the draw and win against Moreton Bay and scoring in the away victory at Northern Fury.
The former New Zealand top-tier player added there was one Pride game in particular which stood out.
“My big highlight was being given the opportunity to play against the New Zealand national side, comparing the standard between myself and the top players of my country,” Macintyre said.
Macintyre is the first experienced campaigner to have recommitted to Pride for 2017 with goalkeeper Duncan Short having left the club.
The loss of Short has been balanced by the news a number of Pride’s young stars will be staying in the Green & White next season.
Ipswich duo Jordan Lambi and Jacob Minett, defender Will McFarlane, combative midfielder Gabriel Hawash, and breakthrough attacker Boni Thomas-Remjo have re-signed, joining the already announced Corey Lucas, Nielen Brown, Mitch Bird and new signing Josh Grommen.
Macintyre said he was happy the bulk of the 2016 Pride squad remained to continue their development.
“Towards the end of the season I thought that there were some fantastic individual and team performances showing some real never die team attitude,” Macintyre said.
“We won some really good matches and proved that we have loads of quality and depth at the club, competing with the best in the league at times.”
Pride kick-off their pre-season on Sunday against PlayStation 4 National Premier League Premiership runner-up Gold Coast City at Ipswich Grammar School fields at Pearse Drive, Brassall.
A combined U18 and U20 team will play at 2:30, with the seniors kicking-off at 4:30pm.
Words: Garry McKenzie
Photo credit: Chris Simpson
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