Twenty-one years of soccer experience is lining up to take to the field this season with the Whitsunday Miners.
David Pritchard is among players training with the Mastermyne Miners ahead of trials over the next two weeks from which a squad will be selected for the team’s second season in the Queensland State League.
“This year will be my 21st season of playing football,” he said yesterday.
“I started playing when I was four years old. Football has been my life for a long time.”
This year is also a return to his roots, as Pritchard, 26, was born in Mackay but left at the age of three when his family moved to Cairns.
He is the grandson of Mackay identity Bill Pritchard, and is teaching at Sarina High this year.
A winger or midfielder, he played for Rocklea in Brisbane premier division 1 last season, where he has lived for the past nine years.
He’s also played on representative teams and was a member of the national Futsal (indoor soccer) side which toured Europe and Japan.
“Futsal is all about skills, it helps you develop your short game and reflexes,” he said.
“I had to give it away because of a knee injury.
“When I play Futsal it blows up because of the hard floor, but it’s okay on the field.”
Pritchard said he was looking forward to the opportunity of trying out for the Miners, who he said should have a strong squad this year.
“I’ve played against a few of the players like Troy Mundy, who had a few seasons down south.
“I think a lot of the players are aged 18, 19 or 20, there aren’t many over that age.
“They look like a young squad but they’ll keep improving.
“Hopefully I can impart a bit of wisdom to some of the young players.”
He said the Miners just needed a little more depth to ensure they were competitive.
“There is a lot of good quality all around the club, they’re looking a lot better this season. Definitely there’s some good footballers here.”
Source : Daily Mercury
By : Charlie Payne
Published : 18/1/2009