Talent impresses coach
BRISBANE Roar assistant goalkeeping coach John Garside has been blown away by Central Highlands' support for football in the region.
After a week-long training camp in Emerald, Garside said there is no doubt a return visit is on the cards.
"The response from people up there has been phenomenal," Garside said.
"And the improvement in the player's skills through the week was amazing."
The Total Football Academy in Emerald attracted some of the country's leading football coaches including former Australian World Cup coach Rale Rasic.
It also offered the top-ranked coaches the opportunity to identify talented players right here on their own their own doorstep.
Developments are still ongoing and coach Garside wasn't giving away much other than to say the talent definitely exists.
"I can't say much at this stage," he said.
"We've earmarked a couple of players that came to our attention - there are three or four at least who we're looking at."
Future school holiday clinics are also planned but it wasn't something Garside wanted to rush into.
"Certainly we'll be coming back," he said.
"It's just that I don't want to do anything less than what we did before. I want it equal to or better than last time."
Emerald Eagles coach John Salogni said this could be the start of something big.
"We've probably lit the spark which ignites for football in the region," he said.
"What we brought to Emerald will last in kid's hearts forever.
"For me the greatest thing was watching these kids train, because you see it in them, they wanted to learn."