Beerwah Glasshouse United player Cameron Nairn has signed with Sunshine Coast Fire. Picture: SC Fire Facebook
Beerwah Glasshouse United player Cameron Nairn has signed with Sunshine Coast Fire. Picture: SC Fire Facebook

How Nairn nailed top gongs ahead of Fire switch

After cleaning up at the Sunshine Coast football awards Cameron Nairn says it’s only “natural” to test his skills at the next level on the state stage.

The 22-year-old Beerwah Glasshouse United talent not only took out the premier men’s golden boot title with 27 goals but was awarded the competition’s player of the year and named in team of the season.

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It was the first time he’d claimed the former two gongs.

Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn
Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn

“It’s brilliant,” Nairn said.

“It’s capped a good individual year for me to pick up the golden boot and the MVP so I’m thrilled.

“I was told there was only four people in the history of the comp, all the way back to the 60s, that had won both player of year and golden boot (in the same season).

“It’s probably been the best year I’ve had since I’ve started playing.”

Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn
Beerwah Glasshouse player Cameron Nairn

With a stellar season in the bag, Nairn said he was eager to make the next step and has signed with Sunshine Coast Fire for next year’s FQPL campaign.

It won’t be completely foreign territory for the attacking star, with Nairn having played for Fire from U15-U18s, even notching up caps in the senior mens team as a teenager.

He’ll also be lead by a familiar face with Beegees mentor Daniel Carew signing on as coach.

“I think, given the year I’ve just had, it’s natural to want to go up to the next level and I think with DK going there as coach it was a good transition for me,” he said.

“I know how he works and he knows how I work so it was good for us both to take that next step.”

With three awards and a switch to a state-level squad, it’s certainly been a remarkable 12 months for Nairn.

Here’s how he did it:


In a bid to lift his game Nairn took on plenty of extra work outside of regular training hours.

For probably the first time in his life, Nairn said he started to implement plenty of strength and conditioning.

“That started in pre-season and it continued through lockdown the period,” he told the Daily recently.

“I came back in good shape after the whole league was on halt.”


Whether it was his left foot, right foot or head - Nairn was able to hit the back of the net.

While some players put all their efforts into a certain boot, Nairn could

“He’s got himself in the right areas and because he is able to play with two feet it just makes him so much more unpredictable,” coach Carew said.

“When you feel like you’ve got him and he’s only playing right foot but you show him a bit of the left he just pulls the trigger to finish.

“I think that’s definitely one of the key aspects to his game is the fact he’s got that ability to change it up.”


Aiding his increased fitness and versatility was a change to the Beegees’ strategy.

Among numerous alterations coach Daniel Carew said Nairn shifted from wing into an out-and-out striker role.

“At Beerwah we played a certain system for a while and we changed it a little bit,” Carew said.

“It wasn’t to suit him, it was more so to suit the team for us to have a chance at winning it (competition).

“We needed to give responsibility to the players and Cam took it upon himself to take that responsibility.

“And the system suited him in a sense of giving him a lot of freedom and lot more opportunities to go and be a goal scorer rather than the guy that was normally setting every one up.

“I think we put a little bit more responsibility on him and a bit more faith that he could lead the line and be our big player.”


While fit and skilful, Nairn also had plenty of confidence to make the most of his attributes.

He wasn’t too concerned by the pressure to score either, instead embracing it.

Coach and teammates also backed Nairn in his efforts.

“The confidence that DK and all the boys have put into me to be that guy to get goals each week (was good),” he said.

“It’s weird, being the highest goalscorer, not just for the team but the league, you’d expect that more pressure comes with it each week,” he said in October.

“But, it’s been the opposite and I’ve been going into games thinking ‘I’m going to score tonight’ and if I don’t, I don’t.”

Carew praised Nairn’s mindset.

“He’s selfless but at the same time he is a big game player and he really enjoys the moment,” he said.

“He enjoys having that expectation put on him to make sure that come training or game day that he is on top of it at all times.

“That’s why I wanted to make him one of our (Fire’s) first signings was that as a player and person you can’t ask for a better guy

“But also he wants to win and want’s to be successful so that's what you need when going into a club that needs that little bit of spark and more touch of quality.”