Suns keen to see newcomer shine

May 18, 2017

Englishmen Lewis Coyle is looking forward to embarking on his journey with the GV Suns.

He is a coach’s dream, he is 193cm tall and can play as a centre back or striker.

He is Lewis Coyle, and the Goulburn Valley Suns will have to wait until next weekend to see their new English signing in action for the first time.

Coyle, 28, joined the Suns from Welsh Premier League club Rhyl FC, the same club fellow import Rob Hughes came from, on Sunday and is looking to make an immediate impact.

‘‘I can not wait to get out there and play for the Suns, it will be a great opportunity and one that happened very quickly,’’ Coyle said.

‘‘It was only a few weeks ago that I was playing from Rhyl and now I am playing in Australia.’’

Coyle and Hughes briefly trained together at Rhyl but never played with each other, although the former reached out to the winger to see if it would be worth all the hype.

‘‘Rob spoke highly of the club, he came from the same position as me, so to hear from someone who has done it before me was nice,’’ Coyle said.

‘‘I slept on it for one night and before I knew it I was packing my bags to come over.’’

Coyle, who has spent time in Everton’s prestigious academy, is open to the idea of being used as a swingman by Nick Kalafatis’ Suns side.

‘‘Nikos had told me that I was going to play as striker, but he knows I can play defence, so wherever he needs me I am happy to fill the void,’’ Coyle said.

The Lanchashire lad studied to become a personal trainer before taking up football, although outside of the sport he was most recently a bar manager at a few different nightspots across the United Kingdom.

‘‘I like to get out and keep active, and back home I did bar work because it allowed me to play football during the day,’’ Coyle said.

It is a life experience for Coyle and a step outside his comfort zone and, once football is finished, the imposing figure might look at travelling the country.

‘‘I am here to play football for the Suns first and foremost, I know what I want to get out of myself as a footballer and I want to help the Suns finish as high as possible, maybe even earn promotion,’’ Coyle said.

‘‘But once the season is finished, I would not mind exploring the country a little bit.’’

With four months left of football to play Coyle did not rule out a return to the Suns if everything went to plan.

‘‘Hughes is enjoying it here, by the looks of things I will enjoy it here and hopefully add some experience to a pretty young Suns side,’’ Coyle said.

‘‘If everything works out in the end — the club like me and I like the club — I could play again.

‘‘But I don’t know, we’ll take it one step at a time.’’

Coming from a professional background, Coyle offers experience and wisdom beyond his age and the level-headed character is looking forward to sharing some of that knowledge on and off the pitch.

‘‘I trained on Monday night, I was happy, the standard was good and I saw how young the boys were,’’ Coyle said.

‘‘I am more than happy to pass on advice and share what I know, because if we work together we can hopefully achieve some fantastic things.’’

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