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Why our football clubs are ‘Over the Moon’

Posted: 1pm 17 Jul 2020

The Moreton Bay region’s top football clubs are literally ‘over the Moon’ with the message Brisbane Roar’s new coach brings to the job.

Warren Moon has been named head coach of the A-League side, succeeding former English Premier League legend Robbie Fowler.

It was an appointment which surprised some, but not those at state-level NPL Queensland clubs Peninsula Power and Moreton Bay United.

Moon, 38, was at Power from 2010-14 as a player and coach winning the Brisbane Premier League grand final before taking Lions to the NPL Queensland double.

“This is tremendous for local football,” says Power President Craig Feuerriegel, “I think it sends out a message across this state.

“Warren is a fantastic guy and coach. He plays a great brand of football and I think he will have started the process of identifying players who will get an opportunity.

“Dare I say, we are over the moon with Warren’s appointment.”

Royce Brownlie, head coach at Moreton Bay United who played with Moon at Lions, Brisbane Roar and Power, agreed.

“I’m really excited for him and the Roar,” says Royce, “he’s earned the right to have this opportunity.

“Warren has done his time as a coach and become a role model. He is someone our sport in Queensland can look up to. The A-League has tended to look overseas for coaches and Queensland has lost players to clubs in Melbourne and Sydney.

“I think Warren will bring talented local players together and give them a reason to stay.”

Man for the job

Warren Moon, who will oversee the club’s academy system, says: “There’s plenty to play for this season and plenty of work to be done in the coming weeks.

“I’m excited for the challenge ahead and looking forward to working closely with a terrific group of coaches and a highly-talented playing group.”

Brisbane Roar also announced two weeks ago it was to build an $18 million Women’s Centre of Excellence and Youth Academy at South Pine Sports Complex (SPSC) in Brendale.

Striker joins Power

As Warren prepares for his first match in charge of Roar, against Adelaide on Sunday night, Power have made a huge signing.

Andy Pengelly, the leading goal scorer in NPL Queensland in 2019, has rejoined Power for the 2020 season, which restarts on July 25.

Pengelly, 22, was at AJ Kelly Park for preseason before joining a professional club in Singapore, only to return this week.

“Andy has fantastic qualities and is great to watch,” Power president Craig Feuerriegel says,

“We wished him good luck, when he had the chance to go pro, and are delighted he is back.”

Power restart their NPL Queensland season at Easts on July 25 before a home fixture against Brisbane Roar Youth on August 2. Moreton Bay United return at Redlands on July 25.

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