Michael Angus Departs Strikers

Oct 08, 2018 by

Brisbane Strikers has today confirmed the departure of club stalwart and fan-favourite Michael Angus.

The 28-year-old departs after a decorated eight season career at Strikers, which saw him play a crucial role in back-to-back NPL Queensland Premiership titles in 2016 and 2017, as well as the club’s 2012 Queensland State League Premiership win and 2014 Canale Cup title.

Angus was a widely respected member of the Strikers and notched his 200th senior appearance for the club in 2018.

He was also heavily involved in the Strikers’ Academy junior programs – serving as SAP Manager in 2018 and coaching several junior sides in prior seasons.

Angus’ departure coincides with a sea-change for his growing family as the Angus clan relocate outside Brisbane following the recent birth of their first child.

The man known to many as simply ‘Gus’ said he leaves the club with a host of great memories and lifelong friendships.

“The family is making a lifestyle change and we have made a decision with an eye on the longer term,” he explained.

“Obviously, I have been part of many teams and achieved many things with the club. The Premiership wins stick out but the good FFA Cup runs as well were very special.”

“I have played alongside some great players – like Chay Hews, Jonti Richter and Greig Henslee – and worked with some great coaches like David Large.”

“It has really been a great club to be part of and it is probably the toughest decision I have ever had to make.”

“I am proud of what I have achieved at the club as a player and as a coach. I am leaving the club on a good note and I will be back to watch a few games next year in the stands.”

Strikers Chairman, Bruce Atterton-Evans, thanked Angus for his contributions over a number of years to the Strikers both on and off the field.

“Michael has been a truly inspirational figure at this club for a number of years,” Atterton-Evans said.

“On the field he epitomised the Strikers spirit of being a tough but fair competitor, while off the field he demonstrated the dedication and expertise we expect from all our coaches.”

“We thank him for his service to the Brisbane Strikers and wish him all the best with the next chapter in his career and his young family.”

The club made it clear that they will continue with their drive to develop a world class Academy structure which follows the recent appointment of Nacho Ferrer as Brisbane Strikers Technical Director for 2019.

Ferrer will absorb Angus’ role as SAP Manager into his duties as the club continues to embrace a whole-of-football approach to player development.

Atterton-Evans expanded on that appointment. “We believe Nacho’s appointment will ensure our players, and just as importantly, our coaches will receive the best possible opportunities.”

“Nacho’s passion for coaching development was a deciding factor in his appointment.”

“His vision and approach to player development, which include a focus not only on what happens on the training field but also on many other aspects of young footballers’ lives that influence their on-field performances mixed, is going to be a major part of the Academy platform.”

Spaniard Ferrer holds a Level 3 UEFA “Pro” Licence and coached at the Real Madrid’s Academy from 2010 to 2016 and more recently worked for the Royal Spanish Football Federation – his homeland’s national governing body.

Ferrer has previously outlined his ambitions for Strikers youth development programs to follow world’s best practices.

He explained, “We want to implement world class training and coaching, and we want to reach world-class standards in terms of everything connected with a player.”

“We want the Brisbane Strikers Academy to be the place where an Australian player wants to come in order to reach his full potential.”

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