Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Knights 'On the Front Foot'; Former NPL Defender Backs Ipswich'spositive Approach to Playing Game

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Knights 'On the Front Foot'; Former NPL Defender Backs Ipswich'spositive Approach to Playing Game

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Game day

NPL: Saturday (5pm) -- Western Pride v Gold Coast United at Tallebudgera.

NPL women: Sunday (3pm) -- Western Pride v Sunshine Coast at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

QPL: Saturday (7pm) -- Ipswich Knights v Mitchelton at Teralba Park.

CL1: Saturday (6pm) -- Ipswich City v Pine Hills at James Drysdale Reserve. Sunday (5pm): Western Spirit v AC Carina at Kippen Park.

CL3: Saturday (6pm) -- Ripley Valley v Logan at Compton Park.

BWPL: Saturday (5.15pm) -- Ipswich City v Coomera at Sutton Park.

FOOTBALL: Positive play, positive approach, positive results.

That's the mantra valuable Ipswich Knights off-season recruit Corey Lucas is enjoying back at the Queensland Premier League club this season.

Preparing to face Mitchelton in the Knights' latest away match tonight, Lucas has been managing an ankle injury.

However, the skilful defender hasn't missed any of the Knights' two wins, a draw and two losses in their productive start to this year's competition.

Having played at National Premier Leagues level for Western Pride and Moreton Bay United, Lucas welcomed the opportunity to work with head coach Andy Ogden, a former Coalstars midfielder who played with plenty of flair.

"Oggy wants us to move the ball and play with a bit of freedom so it's not too dissimilar to the (NPL) teams that I've been at,'' Lucas said.

"It's gone away from the traditional style of the Knights I guess.

"The last couple of seasons we've been scrapping in games and looking for a result.

"Where (now) we are on the front foot and expecting to be really positive.

"Every player has bought into it and that helps big time and Oggy was a pretty handy player in his day from all accounts.

"He wants to play that way and that's the way he believes the game should be played.''

As for how the Knights are tracking, former Ipswich Grammar School student Lucas offered an honest appraisal. …

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