FOOTBALL: Former League One player and ex-Sunshine Coast Fire coach Paul Arnison is intent on helping Beegees to a resurgence.
The 39-year-old will lace-up for the club's top team in Sunshine Coast Football's premier men's division.
He will also coach a junior team and establish and run a Beegees Academy for under-9 to under-17 players.
"It's a good opportunity for me to get back into coaching and to help club head coach Dan (Carew) out, playing wise,” he said.
Arnison will also offer plenty of advice to the players in the men's team, which has largely languished for several seasons.
It's the most successful club in Sunshine Coast's top flight but has not won a title since 1996.
The green machine's collected several wooden spoons in recent years.
"It has struggled but Dan came in last year (from Coolum) and brought a few new players in and hopefully he can attract a few more better players for next year and we can make a good team out of them,” Arnison said.
"I'm going to try and help out a bit.
"They won't be far off winning a few games and getting up the ladder if we can get a few better players.”
The club's targeting some footballers from Brisbane and from the Sunshine Coast.
Arnison's passion for the game and his skills should provide a welcome boost to the team, which has collected several wooden spoons in recent years.
A former professional footballer in England, the enthusiastic defender/midfielder played for several clubs there, including Carlisle in English football's third tier, League One.
He relocated to Australia and played for the Sunshine Coast Fire in the state league before taking the coaching reigns there for 2014.
Last season, he laced up for Noosa in the local competition.
"I will probably play for another year or two and then go more into the coaching side of things,” he said.
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