Richard Mitchell, new director of coaching for Stanthorpe's United Redbacks, with some of this season's players.
Richard Mitchell, new director of coaching for Stanthorpe's United Redbacks, with some of this season's players. Liana Turner

Experience an asset to United Redbacks

Stanthorpe's United Redbacks have welcomed football stalwart Richard Mitchell as their club's director of coaching.

Mitchell, who boasts decades of football coaching experience, including a stint as development officer for the South West Thunder, now lives on the Southern Downs and said he was "absolutely delighted” to join the club in his new role.

While he's now retired from full-time coaching, Mitchell said he looked forward to working with United to ensure players could reach their potential this season.

He took the group for a training run on Thursday, February 2, and met with them again on Saturday for the club's sign-on morning at Stanthorpe Piazza.

He said this was a good opportunity to get to know the club a bit more.

Mitchell said fine-tuning players' skill development would be a big focus this season, particularly for young players in the 14-15 year range.

"One (priority) is developing football players to the next level,” Mitchell said.

He hoped to push the players to their full potential and was confident the club could have a strong season.

"If we all do the best we can and we all understand each other ... there's no reason we can't have a good year on and off the field,” he said.

He said his role would be highly engaged and he would frequent weekend games as well as training.

While he has an impressive track record, he welcomed the opportunity in Stanthorpe.

"For them to offer me that position ... I was quite humbled,” he said.

"I'm quite nervous about it and I think it's a great challenge.

"The most important part of coaching football is having everybody enjoy themselves.”

Registrations for the Football Stanthorpe season are now open. More info: myfootballclub.com.au.

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