Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Players Reveal Potential} {Young AFL Stars Set to Shine}

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Players Reveal Potential} {Young AFL Stars Set to Shine}

Article excerpt

MARCUS Ashcroft's AFL resume makes for impressive reading.

It includes 318 matches for the Brisbane Lions. Three premierships. Appeared in 170 consecutive matches from 1992 to 2000.

So when it comes to casting his eye over potential AFL-quality talent, his opinion should be respected.

The former midfielder is the assistant coach and player development manager of the Gold Coast Football Club, which hopes to enter the AFL in season 2011.

And four Sunshine Coasters will take their first tentative steps towards the big time for the club this year.

Nicky Price, Todd Grayson, Nathan Spring and Alik Magin are all in the Gold Coast's 33-man under-18 squad to contest Victoria's TAC Cup this season.

Nambour's PNG star Amua Pirika has also won a guernsey.

Ashcroft said the team is ready for the season opener against Eastern Rangers at Carrara this Saturday.

PRICE represented the Australian Schoolboys rugby union last year before declaring his allegiance to AFL. …

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