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Ben relishing challenge

Jets' new women's coach Ben Fuhrmann, centre, with chairman Greg Bradley and women's delegate Elisha Hickey.

Moreton Bay United has appointed Ben Fuhrmann as head coach of its senior women’s team for 2020.

Ben has coached in the Brisbane Women’s Premier League (BWPL) and at our NPLW rivals Mitchelton in 2018.

He has just taken a year off coaching, to refresh and recharge after 10 successive seasons, but was “always going to return”.

“We are delighted to have Ben on board as Moreton Bay United looks to reset its pathway for the women’s team,” said Jets’ chairman Greg Bradley.

“We have a vision of the direction we want to go in and look forward to working with Ben on achieving those goals.”

Ben, who has also coached at Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE), Pine Hills and is coaching at Padua College, saw an exciting opportunity at Jets.

“I wanted to get into NPLW and I know it’s a good organisation here,” he said, “I know there are really good structures in place, it is a professionally-run.

“Things have changed from last season and we have a chance to revamp things and get senior (women’s) team in line with what the club envisages.

“We want Jets to be a hub for players from the northside of Brisbane, for players looking to play in the NPLW - and to give juniors a good look-in.

“Jets have produced quite a number of very good young players and we want a clear pathway for them to come right through.

“It's exiting. This is not all about results and success straight away. This is a chance to build something for 2020 and beyond. It’s a two-to-three-year project.

New women's coach Ben Fuhrmann

“Next year we want a squad which has a great attitude. We want to hear from players and will be opening the doors here very soon.”

Ben coach women’s teams at ACE before joining Pine Hills and taking charge of their BWPL side for five seasons.

In 2018 he was assistant coach with the Mitchelton NPLW team, before taking a break from coaching last season. However but still coached at Padua College.

“It was a tough year (2018) at Mitchy,” Ben said, “it had been 10 years on trot coaching and that takes its toll.

“I wanted to clear my head a little. Get some free weekends back. I was always going to get back into coaching, it was just a matter of where … and then this opportunity came up at Jets.”

Further details of pre-season plans for Jets’ 2020 NPLW squad will be posted on the club’s Facebook page soon.

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