RYAN Doidge is a man in demand.
The Technical Director at Dee Why FC the past three years, he has quickly managed to forge a reputation in football circles on the peninsula for all the right reasons.
So much so that Seaforth approached him last off-season to be the club’s Academy Director.
“I guess you could say it is a fairly unusual situation, working with two MWFA clubs at the same time, but ultimately I’m very passionate about youth development,” Doidge said.
“I get a real kick out of seeing kids improve on the pitch.
“The past few years I’ve had a number of kids move from association football to either Manly United, Northern Tigers or North Shore Mariners.
“Seeing talented young footballers, realise their potential, that is what I’m all about.”
Doidge’s coaching CV is impressive.
An ankle injury in the United Kingdom ended his career in his late teens, and his focus quickly shifted.
“I managed to get a wonderful opportunity in America with New York Red Bulls in the MLS with their youth system,” he said.
“I met my wife over there and then we decided to move to Australia.”
In recent years, Doidge has coached at NPL level with the North Shore Mariners as well as landing a gig as an assistant coach in the W-League with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2017-18.
He also helps coach the men’s Premier League squad at Dee Why Oval.
“I’d love to say all the coaching I do comfortably pays the bills, but it doesn’t,” he said with a laugh.
“I also work for a mate, sorting out the admin for his business.
“Living in Narrabeen, coaching football, life is good…but I feel I have plenty more to offer.”
On Sunday, Doidge’s 12/1 boys are in the quarter-finals of the State Cup.
The young Dee Why Swans are unbeaten locally, and their coach believes this crop of players ‘could be anything.’
“They are very driven, and a pleasure to coach,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing them develop over the next few years.
“Football is a wonderful journey for so many, I’m loving my path.”