Lane Moves On

Sep 07, 2017 by

The Brisbane Strikers will play out the remainder of their 2017 season under new management, with the club’s senior playing group having been advised of changes to the senior coaching structure prior to their Thursday night training session.

Head coach Sean Lane, who took over the coaching reigns of the Strikers’ senior squad a year ago and guided them to a second successive PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland premiership, will not rejoin the club in 2018 and will take up a coaching offer at another club.

With international business commitments precluding Lane from remaining in charge of the Strikers through the upcoming PS4 NPL Finals Series, the club has appointed Owen Baker and David Large to take charge of the Strikers’ senior squad.

Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans paid tribute to Lane’s work at Perry Park, which began in 2013 in the club’s junior ranks and culminated with taking charge of the senior team.

“Sean has done a tremendous job with the senior squad this year in what is always a challenging environment,” said Atterton-Evans.

“He has been extremely hard-working and completely professional in his approach and our unprecedented success in earning back-to-back PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland premierships is a just reward for his and the players efforts.”

“But that’s by no means the totality of Sean’s achievements with us. Having been with us for several years, coaching juniors through to seniors, he has played a leading role in bringing through some talented young footballers who are now becoming established senior team players.

“We thank Sean for his commitment to us since 2013 and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Lane said he could not have asked for more from his time at Perry Park.

“I’ve got nothing but good words to say about the club. I’ve had great support from Largie and the Board and the players have been absolutely sensational in their support for everything I’ve tried to do,” Lane said.

“The toughest thing will be leaving that environment of great people, great players – but sometimes you’ve got to move on to other opportunities.”

Lane said he would leave with plenty of good memories. These included helping then head coach Kevin A’Herne-Evans win the club’s first PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Premiership last year, and achieving the back-to-back feat as head coach this year.

“But one of the other major highlights has been getting a lot of the young lads who I had as fifteen-year-olds through to play in the first team – Jake Marshall and Ryan Palmer to name a couple – and there’s a few more on the way through,” Lane said.

“And seeing Matty Green kick on to bigger and better things (with Hyundai A-League club Sydney FC). I’ll probably got as big a kick out of those achievements as I have about winning the league, to be honest,” Lane said.

Lane also said he was confident Strikers would give a good account of themselves in the national playoffs.

“They’re still in good hands with Largie and Owen. The boys have got the bit between their teeth and I’ll be very surprised if they didn’t go on with it from here. They are too professional not to.”

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