Manchester Futsal Club Development Team kick off their season this weekend against Bolton Futsal Club in what promises to be an exciting season for the National Futsal League. It’s very apt that a local derby of this kind happens to be the very first game of the season, which will take place tomorrow at the Smithill Sports Centre, Bolton (13:15 kick off). It is set up to be a big season for the Development Team as they take on a side who will have their first competitive game under the watchful eye of former Manchester coach, Karl Burns.
After a gruelling eight weeks of trials and preparation for this game, Development Team manager Russell Fryer is fired up for the season ahead and wants nothing more than to get off to a winning start. “In a very short space of time we have pulled together a squad of 16 players that I have only had four training sessions with. However, in that time I have seen what wonderful talent this club has to look forward to in the coming years.” There’s a group that has come through from last year’s U16’s and they are still very young players who need that bit of experience to help guide in the right direction”.
Fryer’s newly hired assistant coach Steve Jackson will have a big impact on the way that the squad plays this season, “I recruited Steve who happens to be a close friend of mine which will help me hugely having someone who knows me that well. We had lots to get through, but these lads love to listen and learn and I am genuinely excited to work with them.”
Russell spoke very highly of his opposition coach, Karl Burns, who he comes up against for the first time and he has high hopes for his former colleague’s team for the upcoming season, “our first game had to be against my old pal and coaching partner here. They [Bolton] are genuinely my favourites to win this league, with their Futsal knowledge and years of experience, playing together at this level and higher in some cases. However what Karl and I are doing are different entities, Karl is building a team to win things now but we both always agreed that my style of coaching was to develop younger players and that’s exactly what I’m doing and intend to continue doing throughout the season. I am excited to play against him and his team and whatever happens I wish them all the best for the season to come”.