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Gaetani To Lead Riverside Into NPL

Riverside Olympic FC have announced Alex Gaetani will be the man at the helm for the club’s inaugural NPL TAS season, announcing the 32-year-old as their head coach for season 2019.

Gaetani is a local and a former player who now returns to lead the team as they prepare to make the leap from Northern Championship to NPL.

He has previous club coaching experience with Riverside in the Northern Championship, Northern Rangers in an assistant capacity and involvement in the Launceston City Women’s program. He has also worked on the technical staff of Football Federation Tasmania, where he was highly regarded and helped with the running of the elite junior programs that sent teams away to the National Championships.

The new Joey’s boss told the Examiner he was excited for what was to come.

“I’m excited to take on the role and looking forward to getting started,” 

“When I heard that they were looking at going into the NPL I thought it was about time they took that step because that’s where a club like Riverside needs to be.

Chris Rademacher will be Gaetani’s assistant with Zach Taylor, Lynden Prince, Andy Hall and Frank Compton forming the rest of the coaching staff.

It won’t just be a matter of being content with being in the league though, Gaetani has stressed the side must be competitive from day one.

“With the plans we’ve got in place, we need to be competitive straight away to belong and not just be hanging on. 

“That becomes a priority, along with the development of young players.”

That youth development will be aided by a newly announced partnership between Riverside and Brisbane Roar, which has already seen two of its youngsters travel to train with the A-League club this week.