Jeff Allport is excited about the potential at Albion Park Football Club after taking the reins as their new head coach.
It is his first coaching gig in two years, after departing Bellambi in late 2021 following a difficult Premier League campaign where the Rosellas finished 10th.
However, Allport feels refreshed as he prepares to embark on his latest chapter.
"Albion Park is where I grew up so it's a nice opportunity to get back involved with the football club," Allport told the Mercury.
"I took a break after coaching Bellambi and I feel refreshed now."
Allport takes charge of Albion Park's Community League all age men's division one squad, with the team looking to improve on a seventh-placed finish in 2023.
The squad returned to pre-season training this week, and the coach sees plenty of potential with the side. Albion Park has a long-term goal of getting promoted to District League.
However, the club has also outlined a new strategy to bring the club forward, which includes further enhancing pathways for their juniors; creating teams in every age group; and gaining promotion to the Women's Premier League.
Albion Park Football Club also recently unveiled their new-look club logo ahead of their 50th anniversary in 2025.
"I think this club has a lot of potential and good people are running it. It's going to be a long road for us, but I think it's going to be a worthy one," Allport said.
"I really like the model here at the club. It's a community-based model where the juniors can have a pathway into senior football. We want to progress for the Community League to District League when we can, and they want to make the step up - it's for the right reasons too.
"It's a chance to provide a pathway for what really is a growing area. If you look at Albion Pakr now, it takes in Tullimbar and Calderwood. It's a growing area with lots of young families, and it would be great to be a football club that they're all proud of."
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