25 Oct 2016

Lions get claws into young guns

Noosa Lions FC are pleased to announce the double signing of another ex-Noosa Lions junior in Sean Pateman and promising 16 year old Taj Suffolk. Both defenders were crucial members of the successful 2016 Sunshine Coast select U18 side that toured China in September, both player earning rave reviews from all associated with the Sunshine Coast Football initiative.

Pateman was one of the highlights in 2016 playing for Beerwah in the Sunshine Coast Premier League after being a stand out player for Sunshine Coast in both the JPL and NPL. The highly sought after defender spoke of his enthusiasm to wear the blue of Noosa again “I am looking forward to playing in my home colours again, it's been 6 years since I wore the blue Jersey. I have been coached by Kevin before and I am looking forward to progress further with him, with the players we have at the club, I am confident we can compete”

A’Herne – Evans spoke of the attributes Pateman possesses “Sean is another player with great will and enthusiasm to improve his game. There is a burning desire within Sean to compete and influence every training session and game, when things get tough in a game, he is one of the first players that will stand up face the fight head on”

Taj Suffolk is a promising versatile player that has a bright future in the game. Suffolk gained raving reviews from his performances for Sunshine Coast U16 NPL side in 2016 regularly featuring in the U18 representative side also.

“I am very happy to have signed at Noosa Lions Football Club and to have the opportunity to develop and work with the very good players at the Club and also Kevin. Noosa Football Club is a great club, passionate about development and has good history of player development. The season ahead looks bright and I'm grateful to be onboard.”

A’Herne – Evans has high expectation on Suffolk “I believe Taj can and will kick on to a higher level in no time, he is similar to Sean in that he brings a good competitive attitude, he will develop into a good player and is exactly the type of payer we are seeking to bring to the Club. There is a strict criteria in place for bringing players in to our Club that do not live, or have not played for Noosa previously as we treat player progression from our juniors into our senior team very seriously. Taj however is one that I am confident can make his mark in the seniors this year.”

A’Herne – Evans highlighted the importance of a competitive environment as well as depth given the Sunshine Coast Premier Men’s and Reserve grade will be a 27 game competition in 2017. “The Sunshine Coast Premier League has never been stronger in my time living on the coast. Previously the top twenty to thirty player all played at QSL or NPL level – however now they are all playing for their local Club. You only have to look at Kawana’s Premier side, they would compete in the top 6 of NPL especially with their attacking players. The 27 rounds will be a new challenge for players and Coaches alike therefor depth will be crucial.”

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