Faith in youth

RICHMOND Rovers Soccer Club is buzzing with expectation for the 2006 Far North Coast Tursa Premier League season after securing Tim Sheridan as player-coach.

At just 22, the towering striker will become the youngest captain-coach Richmond Rovers have appointed to their top job and is thought to be the youngest to lead any premier club.

But Sheridan will have plenty of support, with a coaching panel also named that includes their past three coaches, Craig Hamshaw, Noel Field and Al Duroux.

After taking last year off, the return of Sheridan will provide a major boost for Rovers, who lacked a consistent finisher last season.

Sheridan remains the only registered junior to win the FNCpremier division Golden Boot ? back in 1999 ? and among his many records once scored a premier division hat-trick within three minutes at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

When competing at the national titles as an Under-16 in Canberra, Sheridan attracted the eye of talent scouts from Everton, which was looking for a tall striker, but his Irish ancestry was one generation too late to allow him an English work visa.

As a result, Everton took their second option, a young English striker by the name of Wayne Rooney, who has since gone on to play for Manchester United and England.

Sheridan will hold Rovers' first training session at Bill Harris Field on Sunday, January 8, from 5pm and invites any new players to try out for the squad.

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