Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Patrick Leigh Perspectives
Gold Coast City FC is delighted to confirm Grae Piddick will return as the club's men's head coach for the 2018 season.
The announcement means Piddick will commence his fifth full season in charge of the club’s senior side after taking the role midway through the inaugural 2013 campaign.
The reappointment makes him the longest serving head coach in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland and the only coach in the competition remaining with the same club from the competition’s first season.
Piddick is also the most successful coach in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland’s five seasons, boasting an impressive 62 wins in the competition from 107 matches, and reaching the competition’s Semi-Finals three times.
He also the only coach to guide a Queensland-based club to the Quarter Final stage of the Westfield FFA Cup – a feat he achieved for the second time in 2017.
In 2014, Piddick guided Gold Coast City FC (then known as Palm Beach SC) to the Premiers-Champions double in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland.
In 2018, Piddick will also extend his responsibilities across age groups as he takes an overseeing role in the club’s Under 20’s, Under 18’s and Under 16’s teams.
The results of those three teams are set to be combined with the men’s team in the new proposed promotion-relegation system outlined, but yet to be officially confirmed, by Football Queensland.
Piddick said he was delighted to have agreed terms with Gold Coast City and has already commenced the player recruitment process for 2018.
“We had a great year this year but didn’t quite finish as well as what we could,” Piddick explained.
“Clearly the motivation is to be right up there again challenging for silverware in 2018 and playing a good brand of football.”
Piddick said he was also looking forward to the longer season, with addition of local rivals Gold Coast United, Brisbane-based Lions FC and Mackay-based Magpies Crusaders United to the competition.
“We know there is going to be a Gold Coast derby, so that is exciting. We need to make sure we stay out in front as the premier club on the Gold Coast and I think we are well prepared to do that,” Piddick concluded.
Gold Coast City FC will announce its first player signing for the new season later this week, as well as publicly announce further members of its junior and youth coaching staff.