Palm Beach Soccer Club will go into the 2018 season without having a stake in the state wide NPL competition through Gold Coast City.
After folding the club late last year, Palm Beach are preparing for life after a successful five-year period in the NPL.
With multiple deep FFA Cup runs as well as a double to go along with their successes, the local side of the club has been second for a number of years.
After being relegated to the second tier of local football and fighting back to promotion and strong position in the local Gold Coast Premier League, the club has now shifted its focus back to being a powerhouse at the local level.
Leading them towards their target goal is experienced Premier League head coach Brett Budwee, who worked in the Gold Coast City set up during the 2017 season.
Budwee said that the preparation has been going well so far.
“We’ve prepared really well for the season. A lot of players in the squad were players that were fringe first grade at Gold Coast City last season and have stuck around.”
Having coached over 10 years in the top flight division, Budwee was quick to praise Palm Beach on what they were prior to the NPL and where he wants to the club to end up.
“When I started coaching seniors on the Coast, they were the club to beat in all levels. They’ve always had a solid junior base and a young team. We have no pressure this year for instant success and we’ll look to build on what we have for the next two to three years,” said Budwee.
The new direction and vision to build Palm Beach back in the local game has come from long time serving club member and President Duncan McKenna, whose passion for the game and the club is second to none.
“Duncan is a hands on President who wants to be involved and help wherever he can. He loves the club and is passionate about it all and it’s great to be working with someone like him,” said Budwee.
Palm Beach face Murwillumbah in the quarter finals of the Club Health and Wellness Cup before shifting their focus to an important qualifying game in the FFA Cup against Surfers Paradise next week.