Ram's United Nations
BYRON BAY will field a team in Far North Coast premier league soccer this season that includes players from all over the world.
The Rams have signed players from Singapore, Ireland, Brazil, Switzerland, New Zealand, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and two brothers from Sudan.
They’ve also been trialling a player from France and one from Spain.
Head coach Peter Ware (originally from Scotland) said it was fantastic to have such a diverse squad with combined international experience.
“The new squad has been training together for over a month while the coaching staff has been doing selection trials,” he said.
“The local lads love playing with the ‘internationals’ and can learn so much from the different playing styles.”
With a few top players going overseas or interstate in the off-season to play soccer and others moving on, the Byron Bay club took the decision to develop talented young local players.
“We did the same thing several years ago, restructured the squad, and had five exceptional lads aged only 17 in the top grade team, then went on to win the championship,” Ware said.
This season the club pushed hard to attract talented young players from all over the Far North Coast.
It has resulted in former representative and other talented youth players from Lismore, Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Bangalow and Ocean Shores joining the Rams.
“We are looking to the future so this year we want our premier league reserves team to be all aged under 21 if possible,” Ware said.
“I’m really happy with the new squad and we’ve been surprised with the huge array of emerging talent that we have found.
“It’s great to see them all pushing the envelope at training with regards to their skills development.
“There is a really enthusiastic vibe with everyone enjoying playing the best football they can among other young talented players.
“I’m also pretty happy with the new patterns and combinations we’ve been working on and now we are just tweaking the younger lads’ mental and physical toughness in readiness for the pre-season Anzac Cup.”
In another development for the Rams, the premier league squad will enter the Northern NSW knockout.