Wanderers Sign Former Strikers Captain
Sunshine Coast Wanderers FC have delivered a statement of intent for 2019 by signing the highly regarded Michael Angus to dual roles with the club for next season.
Angus, 28, has been appointed as the Wanderer’s new Director of Coaching for the FQPL and SAP programs. He will be responsible for overseeing the club’s coaches and technical approach across all FQPL junior and SAP age groups.
The vastly experienced playmaker will also be an integral part of the senior men’s team that competes in the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) and FFA Cup competitions.
Angus is a decorated midfielder in state league level football – with the former Brisbane Strikers captain boasting two Premiership winners’ medals in NPL Queensland and a Premiers’ title in the precursor Queensland State League.
Angus has also featured prominently in cup competition across his more than 200 games in state league football, qualifying for the national stage of the FFA Cup in four separate seasons and winning the Canale Cup title in 2014 with Strikers.
Angus said he is excited to mark the next chapter in his career at the Wanderers after deciding to make the move to the Sunshine Coast with his young and growing family.
“The club is new but they really want to get the community behind them and I am looking forward to being part of that,” Angus said.
“My discussions with everyone at the club were very encouraging. They seem like great guys and are dedicated to growing the club in the right way.”
“Coming in not just as a player, but in my new role in the coaching set-up, means I will be very much involved with the club. It is a very exciting time for myself and my family.”
Angus was previously head of Strikers’ SAP academy program (coaching 8- to 12-year-olds) and will commence his AFC/FFA ‘A’ Level coaching credentials next year in tandem with his new position at Wanderers.
He says the coaching and player development side of football holds increasing allure to him as he moves further into the back half of his playing days.
“I said to the club I want to grow as a coach and keep improving myself. The club has that same sort of ambition and is willing to invest in its growth and development over the next few years.”
“There are some tremendous players in the region and we want to give them every opportunity we can to help them move on to bigger and better things.”
“I am looking forward to working with the good coaches that are already there and to help build a successful club for many years to come.”
“It is a great opportunity and it is a bigger role than I have had previously. It will have its challenges but that is what makes it so exciting.”
However, Angus’ enthusiasm for coaching doesn’t come at the expense of his on-field ambitions – stressing he is eager to help the men’s team build on their fifth-placed finish this season and ultimately earn promotion to the NPL.
“it is a new challenge for me as a player in a new competition,” Angus explained.
“The team clearly performed well in their first year for a new club and it is only natural to want to keeping building on that.”
“I also know of a few of the players from this year’s squad – Leon Dwyer, Jeremy Stewart, Ray Schultz – so it will be great to be playing with them again.”
Angus will begin his tenure with Wanderers in time for the club’s upcoming junior and SAP trials, which start later this month.
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