Sunshine Coast FC has strengthened its front line with the inclusion of Chris Swain in the squad ahead of the PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland 2018 season.
Swain previously spent time with Peninsula Power FC, winning the Brisbane Premier League Grand Final and Macron Cup, most recently he spent a season in Moreton Bay United FC.
The forward earned himself selection in the Indigenous National Team in both 2016 and 2017, and is set to play against New Zealand early next year.
Sunshine Coast FC Assistant Coach Alex Smith believes that Swain’s signing is a good indication of the club’s potential in the upcoming season.
“We are happy to have him on board as a senior player and as someone with a lot of experience in the BPL and NPL,” he said.
“His national representative experience brings an intangible value to the team and I am expecting big things from him next year.”
Swain considers his time representing indigenous Australia a great learning experience.
“I gained a greater understanding of the game and the value of constantly challenging yourself to improve in every game and training session,” Swain said.
“As senior players, it is our responsibility to set the example and deliver the standard that our coaching staff would want to achieve.”
Having returned from injury last year, Swain takes his role on a senior squad seriously, recognising the opportunity his position presents for positive change.
“I signed with Sunshine Coast Fire because of the vision that Ali and Alex for the future of the club. It was a tough decision to be honest but I know it will be worth it when we succeed and turn what was once a champion state team back to that status,” he said.
“Its the ultimate achievement when you do pull it off, we have a fantastic culture building here and I want to be a part of that.”
“It’s early days so far but the team is becoming really solid, we are still trying things and tweaking players around but we come across our first test this weekend in our pre-season fixture against Redlands.”