BARNIES SIGN JOSH WARD TO LEAD THEIR WESTERN PREMIER LEAGUE CAMPAIGN
Barnstoneworth United Football Club (BUFC), Orange, is very pleased to have secured the coaching services of experienced footballer Josh Ward, to lead their Western Premier League (WPL) campaign.
Josh will also take on the role of the club’s head coach.
The 28-year-old brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Barnies, a club founded in 1998.
Most recently Josh coached the local National Premier Leagues (NPL) under 20s men and first grade women.
He now takes on the exciting task of building a WPL side to take on the best footballers from across the Central West of New South Wales.
“Developing players and improving their ability to execute football actions is what drives me, as well as the buzz that you get on the sideline on matchday,” Josh said.
Like many other top footballers from around the region, Josh was drawn to the excitement building around the new Western Premier League, now entering its second season.
“Last year the WPL had games where anyone could beat anyone on their day,” Josh said.
“This makes it exciting for everyone involved and is a great platform to showcase the talent that is on offer in the Central West.”
BUFC Club President Wayne Stephens said he was delighted Josh had decided to join Barnies.
“Barnstoneworth United is a family club which is growing each year,” Wayne said.
“With the recent addition of junior sides, the club has created a pathway for young players who we hope will want to play at the very top levels,” he said.
“We know Josh is the perfect choice to bring those players through the ranks and into top-flight football, such as the WPL.”
Josh has an impressive list of achievements both as a player and as a coach.
He played for Western NSW throughout his teenage years and was signed by Manly United FC, playing in their under 20s and first grade NPL 1 sides.
“I love the memories and friendships that football provides,” Josh said.
“Being able to play with your mates and work hard to win creates memories that last a lifetime.”
In 2021 the WPL will be as exciting as ever, with matches to be live-streamed.
Josh will now begin the task of putting together a Barnies WPL side for season 2021.
“I'm looking for players that have a desire to be the best versions of themselves both on and off the pitch,” he said.
“I look for players that can positively impact a match and inspire their teammates as well.”
The club expects to announce its first WPL trial date soon.