Western Pride’s duo of Harry Sawyer and Joe Duckworth have enjoyed a successful and exciting week following their first year in the Play Station 4 NPL.
The two were regulars in the Prides starting XI throughout the year and have been rewarded for their efforts with a new contract for 2016 as well as a selection in this weekends U23 Under All Stars game against the Brisbane Roar.
Speaking to the pair they where both extremely grateful and excited by the opportunity; “Obviously it’s going to be an amazing opportunity, I mean we are used to watching these guys on TV or at Suncorp so to even be on the same field as them is extremely surreal” said Duckworth.
“I don’t think any of us were really expecting to be picked but it’s obviously an awesome opportunity and we are so grateful for the chance Western pride has given us” claimed Sawyer.
When asked about their combination throughout the year the pair were extremely happy with each other’s game.
“Oh yeah I think he’s an amazing talent, he’s very easy to play with and one of the young stars of our league. It’s very helpful for me because I know where he’ll be making his runs and when he needs the ball, and then he does the rest really, he’s fast, strong, big and clinical and a handful for any defenders” Duckworth said.
“I am very happy with Joey, we know each others game inside out and have made a very good connection which has been dangerous this year, we always joke about assisting each other, but he knows how I like to play and I know how he likes to play so we work really well together” Sawyer.
The duo have impressed new coach Harvey since his arrival and he has rewarded them with new contracts for the 2016 season.
Speaking to Harvey he claimed; “the lads have been regulars in my team and know how I like to play the game, so its credit to them for their performances throughout the season, they’ve earned every bit of it”.
Duckworth and Sawyer where quick to thank both Dodd and Harvey for what has a breakout year for the young guns.
“Obviously we both owe Karl and Graham massive thanks for the chance they have given us this year, this is our first year in the NPL and they have believed in us and given us an opportunity to play at this level” Sawyer said.
“As H said, we both owe them massive thanks for everything they’ve done this year, we both were in the BPL last year and through their coaching we have been able to progress into the NPL for our first competitive seasons”
Harvey concluded by saying that the first team have already made further signings for the 2016 campaign with eight of last years squad already committing their futures to the club. “I am very keen to do my business as early as possible, to allow us maximum time to prepare for 2016.