Just over two years ago, the Gold Coast Knights were at the depths of the BLK 1 ladder. After a tough season after the clubs first relegation in its proud history, the club kept fighting through the hard work of a few dedicated people to keep the spirit alive.
It was then that Adrian Puljich decided to return to the club he was president of in 2010.
From the end of 2015, the Knights have not looked back in their endeavours. In a challenging off-season, the club re-surfaced as a force to be reckoned with, securing the services of Premier League standard players to play in the second tier competition on the Gold Coast.
The Knights did not stop there. It was a season of automatic promotion back into the Premier League which ignited the flame even further for Puljich and his committee, who went one step better and secured the clubs first Premier League title in nine years.
With a vast improvement in infrastructure and a rebranding of the club, the Knights were only set to expand and gain momentum heading into the future years.
It was late in 2017 after their Premier League title that an NPL license was secured for the 2019 season.
After a runner up performance in the annual Croatian-Australian Tournament in Canberra, the Knights put themselves on the map within their rival Croatian clubs who regularly compete in the NPL as a force to be reckoned with.
With the club competing in the Gold Coast Premier League for the 2018 season, the bar is set for a competitive season in preparation for the NPL in 2019. The club has gained the services of Queensland’s most successful NPL coach, Grae Piddick, as well as a host of NPL stars along with him.
Furthermore, Gold Coast Knights FC managed to secure the hosting rights to the 2018 Croatian-Australian Tournament after hosting most recently in 2012 and in 1995 respectively.
With a new journey awaiting the club in 2019, much can be said of the impact that they have had on the footballing community here on the Gold Coast. From BLK 1 champions to Premier League champions, the future is bright for the Gold Coast Knights.