Beegees snare another key man from Fire

ATTACKER: Brady Cronk playing for the Fire last season.
ATTACKER: Brady Cronk playing for the Fire last season. Warren Lynam

FOOTBALL: Beegees have continued their signing spree by recruiting another key player who was with the Sunshine Coast Fire.

Linchpin Brady Cronk officially linked with the traditional struggler on Saturday morning.

"It's huge (for the club),” coach Dan Carew said.

"He's only young at 22 but has experience, playing at NPL (Queensland) level for a while.

"He knows how to score goals and is really good at bringing other players into the game. And he's got a great engine on him. His work rate is unbelievable.”

The attacking midfielder is the latest in a string of signings at the Glasshouse Mountains-based unit, which is the midst of a rebuild.

The most successful club in the Sunshine Coast Football premier men's scene has not claimed silverware for a decade and has been near the foot of the ladder for several seasons.

But there is plenty of optimism for next season, with a roster boasting experienced ex-League One and former Fire player Paul Arnison, ex-Fire dangerman Cameron Nairn and former Fire youth players Luke Devitt, Bailey Waern, James Beckman and Hayden Lawson.

"But Cronk's the big one for us. The one we were after the most,” Carew said.

SIGNED: Beegees recruit Brady Cronk with coach Dan Carew.
SIGNED: Beegees recruit Brady Cronk with coach Dan Carew. Contributed

While Beegees has bolstered its ranks, a host of players have left the Fire, including ex-captain Grant de Chastel, who linked with Noosa.

The club is yet to reveal anyone on its roster for the 2017 state league season.

But it has been busy announcing several sponsorships for its various teams.

As for Beegees, Carew said the club's priority was to develop their younger players and then provide them with opportunities.

He and Sunshine Coast product Zac Anderson, who plays for Emirates Club in the United Arab Emirates, have contacts with significant clubs in New South Wales and Victoria.

"We're not really looking at the ladder,” Carew said.

"We want to play good football and get results but we think that's going to come by progressing some of the younger ones, hopefully to the next level.

"When we decide we've got one (a player) who we think has got some potential we'll make the phone calls to clubs and help them.

"We're going under the radar a bit. We're not really becoming agents and all that. It's more about pointing them in the right direction so they can get a foot in the door.”

Anderson is a former Central Coast and Sydney FC player.

He and Carew helped young Coaster Kobe Fuller get a youth contract with the Mariners recently.

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