A NEW ERA: Coach Ian Runcie is confident NYU can soar in 2016.
A NEW ERA: Coach Ian Runcie is confident NYU can soar in 2016. GREG MILLER

New coach hopes for ‘90s throwback

FOOTBALL: Nambour Yandina United were once a force in state and local leagues and new coach Ian Runcie is determined to make the club a heavyweight once again.

And if Thursday night's opening pre-season training session is anything to go by, Runcie reckons it is well on its way.

"We had 32 blokes there on Thursday and I was quite overwhelmed to be honest," Runcie said.

"I have been a coach for more than 30 years and I know what it is going to take to get this club back to where it deserves to be."

NYU has struggled in recent seasons.

The side won just two games this season to finish 10th from 11 teams.

"They had a tough year but the foundations are there for success," Runcie said.

"The Nambour region is a fantastic catchment area and there are a lot of talented players out there."

Runcie hopes to tap in to that talent and boost participation levels by holding a series of training days at schools around the Nambour and Hinterland regions.

"That will be a massive help and those kids will filter on through to the senior level," Runcie said.

But it is the open men's team that will take up much of Runcie's time as he looks to significantly strengthen the senior side by adding a number of established players from within the Coast's McDonald's Premier Men's competition.

"I am bringing a few top players here and that is going to help a lot," Runcie said.

"Not that the current guys aren't good players, but some experience is going to help the young squad a lot."

Not that he is going to name names or anything.

"I would like to tell you but I can't at this stage and I don't want to rock the boat and upset anyone," Runcie said. "But they will be here in the new year."

Runcie witnessed firsthand how destructive Nambour was when he was playing for the Gold Coast's Twin Towns in the state league competition during the 1990s.

He said the team can be that again.

"I played against them and they were always a very tough side with a lot of passionate supporters who were very vocal," he said.

"I want to bring supporters back to the club and make Saturday night football an event again and give people a good show."


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