Fire set for rejuvenation with new brutal outlook
SUNSHINE Coast Fire boss Noel Woodall says last week's axing's are only the beginning of a string of big changes as the club transitions into next season early.
It appears that no one is safe as Woodall announced the club would be looking to Europe for two new imports despite Japanese international Kenya Takahashi often starring for the Fire this year.
Woodall said nothing was absolute, but the club would be taking a ruthless new outlook toward its senior players.
"We love our boys to death, but we don't care where the talent comes from," he said.
"Nothing and no one is beyond review.
"We're still talking to them, but the standard has jumped.
"We've got to find players who can hit the ground running and play from day one."
As the senior team as crumbled this year, the Fire's youth program has been a standout feature, producing seven national players for the under-13 and 14 national titles.
Woodall said that the biggest challenge for the club was getting those future stars to senior level before being snapped up by A-League sides.
"We're developing them which is excellent, but they don't get to play for us," he said.
But despite the majority of talent being poached before they can contribute to the senior side, Woodall said he would be announcing a new partnership with a UK company who provide youth trial opportunities.
"Everyone focuses a lot on the senior team which is fair enough, but at the end of the day we're a pathway club," he said.
"It's not our role to fight it.
"We have to make sure they get taken care of."
Woodall was also proud to announce the recruitment of West Bromwich Albion's Ashley Kingdon to the coaching staff.
Kingdon joins Melvyn Wilkes as the second convert from the English Premier League club in 12 months.
Kingdon will be heading up specialist youth and goalkeeper academies.
The Fire are hoping to snap a nine game winless streak when they meet Western Pride this Sunday at 2pm
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Tomorrow, 2pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium.