FOOTBALL: Some key signings have Beegees primed for a much improved campaign on the Sunshine Coast Football scene.
The club has had more success than any other in the premier men's competition but hasn't claimed any silverware since 1996 and has been lodged near the foot of the ladder for several seasons.
But a concerted effort at the Glasshouse Mountains-based outfit could see it return as a force in coming seasons.
Head coach Daniel Carew, who is establishing pathways for players to elite clubs, recently added ex-League One professional Paul Arnison to the roster.
Now, he's boosted it with a string of promising signings, including former Sunshine Coast Fire talent Cameron Nairn and promising play-maker Luke Devitt.
"Both have a lot of potential,” Carew said.
Nairn has had trials with Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United and was part of the National Premier Leagues Queensland Under-20 All Stars team.
Carew believed Devitt, who has also been with the Fire before, was one of the region's top mid-fielders.
"He's a very exciting player,” he said.
With Carew's contacts with major clubs, there is some hope the pair will be able to take their games to another level.
"We'll try to help both players progress from our club, hopefully on to a bigger stage in Melbourne or Sydney or to the A-League youth (competition),” Carew said.
"That's what we're looking to do at the club... to try and give young players on the Coast another pathway to higher levels.”
Beegees has also signed Chris Almond, who was with Albany Creek Brisbane Premier league player but is returning to the hinterland outfit.
And Bailey Waern linked with the side on Friday after showing promise in the Fire's youth sides. The players' arrivals complement an off-season establishment of backroom staff.
The players' arrivals complement an off-season establishment of back-room staff.
Beegees signed strength and conditioning coach Greg Dolman, assistant coach Andy Nairn and then Arnison as academy director and first team leader.
The 'green machine' has been training for the past six weeks but will break over Christmas and come back in early January. The club welcomes any players looking to trial.
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