Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Harry's Professional Approach; A-League Recruit Back withPride for Off-Season Fitness

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Harry's Professional Approach; A-League Recruit Back withPride for Off-Season Fitness

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

Game day

NPL: Tonight (6pm) -- Western Pride v Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park.

BPL: Tomorrow (3.15pm) -- Ipswich Knights v Rochedale at Bundamba.

CL2: Tonight (7pm) -- Ipswich City v Pine Hills at James Drysdale Reserve.

FOOTBALL: As he awaits another A-League opportunity, Harry Sawyer is happy to be back at Western Pride.

During the A-League off-season, Sawyer said it was an easy decision to join his former Pride teammates and coaching staff at the Ipswich-based National Premier Leagues club.

"At the moment, I'm trying to get some games in and fitness so I knew coming back to Pride was the best place to do that,'' Sawyer, 20, said.

"They've got a professional set-up there in the state league in Ipswich.

"It's a growing region and I think there's a lot of potential there for promotion.

"Even though it could be for the short-term, it's definitely best to play and train there with everyone.''

After a few weeks training at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Sawyer is preparing to play his first game this season with Pride against the Brisbane Strikers tonight.

He was encouraged by his first five-month stint with the Newcastle Jets.

After scoring a hat-trick against Sydney FC in his only National Youth League game for the club, Sawyer secured a spot in Newcastle's A-League squad. He went on to play five games at the higher level.

"There's definitely a big step up from NPL to A-League,'' Sawyer said.

"The players challenge a lot quicker, you have to think faster. Everything is a lot quicker and training is probably more consistent at that level.''

The 195cm striker said the full-time training included up to two sessions a day.

"I did cope with it quite well,'' he said, appreciating the professional standards set up at Pride under coaches Karl Dodd and now Graham Harvey before he advanced to the A-League. …

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