After finishing third in Coast League One last season, Nerang Eagles Soccer Club did not expect to play in the Premier League for the 2018 season.
However, due to Magic declining their invitation to the Premier League, the spot opened up for the Eagles to return to the league after not being there since 2012.
The return to the Premier League has been a great coup for the club, with a lot of interest surrounding the team within club ranks. The club has started to see an increase in spectator numbers, with many old members returning to watch the games early in the season.
The club has made a conscious effort to secure more sponsors for the 2019 season and beyond to expand what it can offer the members as a whole. With players that wouldn’t previously be attracted to the club, the appointment of Head Coach Sam Saif and Paul Edwards has worked for the club.
“Our aim is to be a competitive team and push for a top four spot. Moving forward, we want to be one of the strongest teams in both senior competitions and throughout all the senior ranks,” said club President Michael Opie.
The club has seen a great progression when it comes to its junior development, with one eye on participating in multiple competitions not out of the question.
“We may look to push teams in the Coast League One in the future with the amount of young players coming through. We need to ensure we have enough spots in senior competitions for these players to play so we won’t lose them,” said Opie.
With the club earning an automatic promotion, Premier League football was never on the cards for Nerang.
Having been thrust into the position they are in now, the club will hope to build on the foundation they have slowly set out and continue to work on bigger things.
“We did not anticipate to be in the Premier League this early. Our plan was all focused on 2019, but the opportunity has been granted and we will take it with both hands. It will be a big learning curve for our young squad in both grades,” said Opie.
The Eagles have begun the campaign well and will look to continue on their early start as the weeks go on.