A former star of the Bulls will oversee the development of the next generation of talented youngsters after Craig Noone was handed the reigns of the Bulls FC Academy men’s team.

After a professional career as a player that spanned 18 years, Noone will embark on his coaching career after being appointed head coach of the Bulls’ youth team. The 35-year-old Englishman hung up his boots after last season with the Bulls with a view to start his career in the dugout with south-west Sydney club.

“Coaching is something that I have always been passionate about and I started my coaching badges back in 2016, I think I’ll bring a lot of experience from my playing career to coaching,” Noone said.

“There are a lot of talented youngsters at the club who have great potential and I can’t wait to get started with the team ahead of the 2024 NPL NSW season.”

The former EPL player embarked on his coaching education seven years ago and has already completed his a UEFA A Licence.

Bulls chief executive Sam Krslovic described Noone as a natural leader who will add plenty of experience as a coach of the Bulls FC Academy. 

“As a player, Craig was a leader within our dressing room and we believe he has all the qualities to succeed as a coach with our club,” Krslovic said.

“We are delighted to have Craig lead our NPL side and we look forward to his leadership of the Bulls FC Academy in the upcoming season.”