New Gold Fields State Amateur Head Coach Colm Costello says he is looking forward to showcasing the depth of talent in Western Australia.
Costello was confirmed in the role this week and will now build towards a three-match tour of Malaysia in November.
The former Wembley Downs coach said: “I’m delighted to be chosen as coach and I’m looking forward to the trip.
“I’ve been watching games since the Night Series, I’ve been watching games every week. As I said at my interview, I love the amateur level. I’ll try to see as many players as I can. It’s Round Nine now and there’s serious talent out there.
“From what I’ve heard from players who I’ve coached before it’s a good trip and it’s a good chance to showcase the amateur league. We’re going there to do as well as we possibly can and give it as professional approach as we can.
“It’s three games and we go for eight days and so play every second day. It’s a bit of a tight schedule but it should be good and I’m looking forward to assembling a decent team.”
Costello is a well-known figure on the amateur scene, having enjoyed success while at Wembley. He was named State Amateur Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading his side to the title.
“I was at Wembley for four years and we had a good run,” the Irishman said.
“We won the league, we won the cup and we won the Night Series as well, so I know the league prety well.
“A lot of players could probably play at a higher level, they could play on a Saturday, but for one reason or another they choose to play on a Sunday. There’s lads who have played NPL who have come back down to play Sundays again, so there’s a wide range of players to be looked at. That’s obviously my job and I’ll see that I get in as many games as possible now.
“I’m just looking forward to getting good lads with a good attitude and doing the best we can.
“I’m new to this role so it’s a clean slate for everybody. Anyone who’s good enough, I’ll take a good look at them and just take it from there.”
Announcing Costello’s appointment, Football West CEO James Curtis said: “We are pleased to have Colm on board with our Gold Fields State Amateur team. He has a track record of success and is well known and respected throughout the amateur scene.
“We strive to support all levels of the sport and this includes the amateur game, which is such an important part of the fabric of football in Western Australia.
”With the valued sponsorship of Gold Fields this will help us take the next step in promoting the game from WA into the Asian region.”
Jack Monaco, Chairman of the Amateur Standing Committee, said: “We welcome Colm into the role and we look forward to new and fresh ideas and what he will bring to the Gold Fields State Amateur Representative side. On behalf of the ASC we welcome him on board.”