Re-signed Owen Baker Sets Aims For 2020

Aug 21, 2019 by

Newly reappointed Brisbane Strikers head coach Owen Baker is aiming for more wins next season but has stressed he will not forsake the club’s renowned development philosophy.

The 28-year-old Baker was confirmed as Brisbane Strikers head coach for the 2020 season this week by the club in a clear endorsement of the young coach’s approach.

His reappointment to the role comes after guiding Brisbane Strikers to club record-breaking results in 2019 and a return to the national stages of the FFA Cup for the first time since 2016.

Baker said he is looking forward to building on his first full season in charge in what will be his eighth year with Brisbane Strikers.

He explained he is motivated to repay the club’s faith shown in him after advancing through the junior and youth coaching ranks.

“I’m very excited to be at Brisbane Strikers again next season,” Baker said.

“Brisbane Strikers is a fantastic club that attracts good people that behave in the right way, have excellent morals and always aim to play good football.”

“This club has been very good to me and I want to deliver a team the board and the fans will continue to be proud of.”

After securing a fifth-placed finish in the National Premier Leagues Queensland this season, Baker said he believes the foundations are in place for bright 2020 campaign.

“In the second half of this season we have played an attractive brand of football that is exciting to watch and it has delivered some very positive results.”

“The team has really come together. The core group of experienced, senior players have done a great job guiding the newer, younger players and that has been instrumental in the results and development of the team.”

“Because of that we will take a lot of confidence out of this year and will be working extremely hard to make the finals next season and again do well in the FFA Cup.”

However, Baker said he is firmly focused on continuing to give opportunities to young players in line with Brisbane Strikers’ long-standing player development ethos.

“Brisbane Strikers always wants to be involved in the big games and always aims to be amongst the best teams in the competition and be high up the table.”

“But at the same time our club is firmly focused on developing youngsters and that is a big passion of mine as well.”

“If we continue to develop players within the senior environment, with the help of the experienced senior players, then I believe we will certainly see good results.”

Baker initially took the coaching reins midway through the 2018 season – notching 25 wins in 42 competitive games to date.

He will seek to build on his 2019 successes in a highly-anticipated FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Manly United at the end of the month.

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