Roar-some opportunity for Finn


Finn Beakhurst battling his way through the Sunshine Coast defence at Wolter Park last season. 


Beakhurst signs for A-League giants


JETS’ rising start Finn Beakhurst has been snapped up by Brisbane Roar.

Beakhurst, 18, joined the A-League outfit after weekend negotiations and impressing while training with the Roar youth squad.

“We’re all delighted for Finn,” said Jets’ technical director Adam Piddick, “it’s a great opportunity for him. 

“Finn would have been one of our best players this season, if he had been with us. But now there’s an opportunity for others at the club.”

Piddick said Beakhurst has “the attributes of a good winger. He’s got pace, he can dribble at speed; he’s worked hard and had a good pre-season. I think he has more self belief now.”

Beakhurst came up through the junior ranks with Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) and joined Jets’ Under 15s in 2013 at the start of the NPL Queensland competition.

He made his Jets’ senior debut in 2015 coming off the bench against Blacktown in the National Premier Leagues Finals in Sydney.

Beakhurst figured in 17 senior men’s games last season, scoring once and played for the NPL Queensland Select Side against Brisbane Roar in September.

He also scored on his final Jets appearance, last Wednesday in a 1-0 win over Brisbane City in the Silver Boot Cup at Richlands.

Beakhurst is following the same path as Joseph Champness, also a striker, who joined Roar from Jets in late 2015 and has now signed an 18-month scholarship contract with A-League Newcastle Jets. 

Champness is also reported to be on his way to Portuguese second division side Academica on loan for several months.

Adam Piddick said Jets are still hoping to bring in new players before the NPL Queensland season starts on February 25 at home to Northern Fury.

But attention now turns to tomorrow’s Silver Boot Cup Group B deciding round. Jets face Holland Park, kick-off 6.30pm, at Richlands, knowing a point will put them in the semi-finals.

“When you get to this stage of a competition, of course, you’d like to get to the semi-finals,” said Piddick.

“But our main focus is on preparing for the start of the NPL season.”