Merger helped our success: Lyons

ON THE BALL: Shane Lyons playing for Kemblawarra Fury earlier this season before he was sidelined by injury. He wants to return in the grand final.

ON THE BALL: Shane Lyons playing for Kemblawarra Fury earlier this season before he was sidelined by injury. He wants to return in the grand final.

Shane Lyons couldn’t imagine things going much smoother in Kemblawarra Fury’s first year as a merged club.

BACK IN THE DAY: Shane Lyons during a stint playing with the Wollongong Wolves in the National Soccer League more than a decade ago.

BACK IN THE DAY: Shane Lyons during a stint playing with the Wollongong Wolves in the National Soccer League more than a decade ago.

Unions between two clubs don’t always go as planned, but Lyons is adamant the successful merger of Dapto-Dandaloo Fury and Kemblawarra has been a key factor to the club’s success in 2016.

“We are a new club and for me the board have been really good to us this year,” he says.

“They’ve given us the confidence. It is a big commitment by everyone to get the club to the grand final in our first year. The pitch has been really good.

“It’s been really good having them there and Luke McGuire in his first year too.

“We have shifted across, but it is not only the team that gets us there. It’s the coach Luke, the board and everyone.”

The Fury will attempt to complete the League Championship-grand final double in Sunday’s Illawarra Premier League decider against Albion Park White Eagles at WIN Stadium.

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