BRISBANE Roar have brought in Jeff Hopkins as their new National Youth League coach for next season to replace John Sime who has been moved into a new chief scout role.
Hopkins joined the club as an assistant coach last season after a successful stint as coach of the club’s Westfield W-League squad.
Coach Mike Mulvey said Hopkins’s work with the younger players throughout the season made him the logical choice to fulfil the NYL coaching role.
“Jeff is tactically astute and his one-on-one work with the young players will be of great benefit to their development,” Mulvey said.
“As someone who has worked with the first team, Jeff is completely aware of the expectations we have of our players and is in a fantastic position to prepare young players for the demands of professional football.”
Sime has been part of the club since its inception in 2004, having held positions as an Assistant Coach, Community Football Manager and most recently as National Youth League coach.
Mulvey said he was delighted to keep Sime’s vast knowledge at the club and looked forward to working with him in his new position.
“John has been involved in the game for a very long time,” he said.
“He has done excellent work with the National Youth League team, helping to foster talent like James Donachie and Corey Brown and ensuring their training and methods mirror those of the Hyundai A-League squad.
“As such, he is in the perfect position to help identify players who will fit in with our footballing philosophy.”
Meanwhile, midfielders Thomas Broich and Katrina Gorry claimed the top awards at Brisbane Roar’s annual club presentation night.
Broich claimed the Gary Wilkins Medal for Hyundai A-League Player of the Year while Gorry capped off a season of inspirational performances with the club’s Westfield W-League Player of the Year award.
It is the second time the German playmaker has taken home the prestigious medal, named after Queensland football legend Gary Wilkins, after winning it in his debut season for Roar in 2011 while Gorry’s award comes in her first season at the club.
Versatile Ivan Franjic was voted Hyundai A-League Members’ Player of the Year for his committed performances throughout the campaign while Besart Berisha won Hyundai A-League Players’ Player of Year, as voted by his teammates.
The Albanian striker also took home the club’s Hyundai A-League Golden Boot award for his 14 goals while midfielder Tameka Butt won the Westfield W-League equivalent after she netted eight goals in the final five matches of the season.
Fresh from her Julie Dolan Medal for Westfield W-League Player of the Year at the competition’s awards night last week, captain Clare Polkinghorne was voted the club’s Westfield W-League Players’ Player of the Year.
Ross Archibald was named National Youth League Player of the Year while James Donachie was rewarded for his consistency throughout his debut season with the club’s new Young Player of the Year award.
Captain Matt Smith was named Club Person of the Year for his community work, dedication to recovery from hip surgery and positive presence around the club.
Brisbane Roar Presentation Night 2013
Volunteer of the Year – Shane Jeynes
Club Person of the Year – Matt Smith
Staff Member of the Year – Jasmyne Buswell
Young Player of the Year – James Donachie
National Youth League Player of the Year – Ross Archibald
Westfield W-League Golden Boot – Tameka Butt
Westfield W-League Players’ Player of the Year – Clare Polkinghorne
Westfield W-League Player of the Year – Katrina Gorry
Hyundai A-League Golden Boot – Besart Berisha
Hyundai A-League Members’ Player of the Year – Ivan Franjic
Hyundai A-League Players’ Player of the Year – Besart Berisha
Gary Wilkins Medal for Player of the Year – Thomas Broich