COACH: Alex Murphy.
COACH: Alex Murphy. Erica Henderson

Coach unsure what Coolum can do in return to comp

FOOTBALL: Coolum coach Alex Murphy admits he doesn't know what to expect from the Dolphins as they make their way back into the Sunshine Coast's top tier.

They were unable to field a competitive side last year but will return in 2018, initially via the pre-season Sunshine Coast Cup, which gets under way on Saturday.

The Dolphins haven't had the opportunity to get much game time in friendly matches, with work done on their grounds, while many of the players have only linked with the team in the break.

So Murphy is eager to see them in action this weekend.

"We've only had one in-house game between us and I've got 13 new players at the club so this cup, for me, is about fitness and looking at players."

He's delighted that Coolum will re-join the Sunshine Coast premier men's competition.

"If you want to play on the Coast you want to be in the best league," he said.

Coolum will collide with Gympie United on Saturday.

The latter is a new representative of the Gympie region, essentially replacing the Diggers.

Former Diggers player Adam Cross now plays for Coolum and looms as a key player for Murphy.

The two have had success together at Kawana and Buderim before.

The pre-season cup will include all 10 premier men's teams, across two pools.