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Cairns striker impresses Fire coach

LAST SEASON: Far North Queensland’s Crios O’Hare cops a tackle from the Fire’s Brock Messenger.
LAST SEASON: Far North Queensland’s Crios O’Hare cops a tackle from the Fire’s Brock Messenger. PATRICK WOODS

AFTER scoring a dozen goals last season, striker Crios O'Hare says he is set to make a much bigger impact in 2015.

But for which club?

The 28-year-old, who has played professionally in the UK, is in the midst of negotiations with National Premier Leagues (Queensland) outfits the Sunshine Coast Fire and Far North Queensland Heat.

"At this stage I'm not too sure," he said.

"I haven't committed to anything at the Heat in Cairns, so I thought why not come down (to trial with the Fire)."

After playing a strong role for the Heat in its charge to second place last year, O'Hare said he was approached by Fire coach Paul Arnison a fortnight ago.

He trained with the side on Friday night and produced a promising display in the side's 5-1 dismantling of Maroochydore in the pre-season Macron Cup at Redcliffe yesterday, scoring the opening goal from the spot.

"I am pretty impressed with the facilities on the Coast, and the coaching staff and all of the players are really good," O'Hare said.

"It would be a nice place to live if I do move down, but obviously there's a little bit to do before anything's agreed to and signed."

Following the match, O'Hare promptly went back to Cairns. He will continue his discussions with the Heat.

"I didn't really get a good chance to talk to Paul after the game because I had to quickly get on a plane, but I'll talk to him in the next couple of days and I will see where the Fire is coming from," O'Hare said.

"I'll see what they've got to offer and will pretty much go from there."

O'Hare has had two knee reconstructions in recent years but starred for the Marlin Coast Rangers when it won every title in the Far North Queensland Premier League in 2013.

In 2014, he got through the NPL season unscathed, scoring 12 goals from 20 outings.

While he was outside the top 10 scorers in the league, O'Hare said he was just warming up.

"Last season was pretty much all about staying injury free and I managed that," he said.

"I feel five times better now than I did this time last year.

"I THINK I finished last season really strong. Now I'm ready to kick on and I think it will be a lot better year for me, wherever I play."

The Fire has traditionally built its roster around local talent, with the exception of some imports each season.

However, chairman Noel Woodall recently told the Daily the club was looking to make some more astute signings from elsewhere in a bid to force its way back up the standings.

The Fire finished eighth of 12 teams last year, when O'Hare scored against the side twice.

Arnison told the Daily that O'Hare "did really well" in the Redcliffe match given the hot conditions, and he and Woodall would discuss the possibility of signing him and other trialled players in coming days.

Kaine Frew bagged a brace of goals for the Fire yesterday, when the Swans had a man sent off after 20 minutes.

The Fire will play its second Macron Cup game against Peninsula on Tuesday.

Topics:  national premier league sunshine coast fire


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