Mildura Weekly : Friday July 29 Vol 10 No 38
SPORT 21 FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ADAM LUITJES THREE Colours SC have been boosted by the recent signing of former professional player Lukas Pedder for the remainder of the S- League season. Arriving in the region for work, the 25-year-old was quickly snapped up by Three Colours SC, where he was appointed technical director. Along with being player-coach of Three Colours’ Senior side, Lu- kas’ role will see him oversee the development of the club’s Re- serves and junior sides. “What I am bringing into the club is experience and giving them the guidance to develop our players,” he said. “I have been talking to the club and our goal is to get players into the NPL (Na- tional Premier League) system, whether it be in Victoria or South Australia. “I am taking coaches for ses- sions where I show them certain drills and philosophies, to ensure all our kids get the best possible coaching.” A skilful midfielder and strik- er, Lukas debuted for Three Co- lours in Round 10, where he led his new team to an empathic nine goal victory over Mildura United! “The club’s been absolutely fantastic, I walked up for my first training session and everyone was great,” Lukas said. “Coming into a regional community everyone is really friendly, and that was part of the reason I came up.” Growing up in Germany and Australia, Lukas started his play- ing career with Bayern Munich’s junior program, before playing professionally with SV Wies- baden, Bonner SC (Germany) and San Fulgenico (Spain). Having sustained a serious knee injury, Lukas returned to Australia in 2012, where he turned his attention to coaching and di- recting, and helped start Clarinda United SC in Melbourne. While helping grow Clarinda, Lukas spent last year coaching NPL side Springvale White Eagles’ Under 16s team. “The technical and skill as- pects of the game is so important,” he said. “I put a strong emphasis on having intelligent players. “I’d rather have a player that is willing to play football – and enjoys playing football – over a kid who is big, strong and tough.” A self-confessed soccer tragic, Lukas is passionate about coach- ing at grassroots level. “I just love watching the beautiful game (soccer),” he said. “The way I coach, I want the play- ers to be smart and technical, so they can pull stuff off and im- press the crowd. “I see football as entertain- ment, there’s always a crowd, and you are there to entertain the crowd.” Having settled into his new role, Lukas is hoping his tenure will be successful. “I just want to win,” he said. “My goal is to win the champi- onship, mathematically we can’t win the premiership, but there’s finals here which is great. “We will win that this year, and then next year we will win the lot, so that’s the ultimate goal. “The objective of football is to win, everything else is just a by-product to get you to that goal.” Three Colours secures star striker Lukas • STAR SIGNING: Former professional player Lukas Pedder will play the remainder of the season with Three Colours SC.
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