New signing Taylor Walkinshaw admits it was a “pretty easy decision” to move south and join Moreton Bay United.
The defender had played the majority of his career on the Sunshine Coast, but a phone call from Jets’ coach Royce Brownlie changed that.
“I got chatting to a couple of mates and next thing I was chatting to Royce!” said the 28-year-old. “I came down after work one day … and that was it.
“I was up for a new challenge, a chance to change it up a bit, take myself out of my comfort zone and have a crack at something new.
“It was a pretty easy decision, I thought why not?”
Much of Taylor’s senior career was at Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast Premier competition where he averaged almost a goal every three games, including 10 in 24 appearances in 2016.
Taylor then joined Sunshine Coast Wanderers in 2018 at the launch of the state’s second tier FQPL scoring five times in 24 games in 2018.
That was followed by three goals in 19 games as Wanderers topped the table and won promotion in 2019, alongside Jets’ current keeper Denver Crickmore and injured midfielder Lachie Strogusz.
Last season it was three goals in 19 games in the NPL – which included the 2-1 home defeat by Jets - as Wanderers avoided relegation.
“I know Moreton Bay are always pretty fit, so I’ll have to work hard to be up for that standard,” said Taylor.
“They came fifth last year, so they are obviously right up there competing for the top. Everyone’s aiming for top four.
“I’ll just try to keep out the goals, stay fit for the whole year and do my bit for the team.”