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Gold Coast envied by other clubs - Minniecon

Gold Coast United youngster Tahj Minniecon believes the new A-League club is the envy of their rivals. With financial backing from businessman Clive Palmer, the new franchise is in a great position going into their inaugural season and Minniecon is delighted to be where he is.

"A lot of clubs and their players are jealous of us because of what we have," said Minniecon.

"We're probably the team everybody wants to beat and I know the (North Queensland) Fury will want to be the first to derail us, especially as we play them in Round 2 of the A-League at home (on August 15).

"It's important we get a mental edge over them and I feel we will. It's going to be a pretty rough battle, it won't be a gentle pre-season game at all.

"As a club, we need to keep a level head. We have a lot going for us, but we can't start believing the hype or we'll fall down.

"We're in a privileged position, but I think we're not getting too pleased with ourselves and the squad is gelling much faster than I thought it would.

"The Fury don't have the financial back-up we do and that makes it hard. But we're both new teams and we both have a lot to prove."

Andrew Slevison
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