"But in 2011 we played finals football for the first time and we finished third."
He said the 2011 season had been both successful and rewarding.
But not resting on his laurels, he has even greater plans for the team.
After a year that saw the team finish alongside the leaders of the Queensland Soccer League ladder, Harvey said he was particularly passionate about creating a clear path for under-19 players to the first grade team.
"If more under-19s can challenge the top team, then that's great," he said.
Harvey said the primary goal for 2012 would be to get the Miners into the top four.
But he said there was also a responsibility to produce future footballers of a high quality.
"I have a plan in my mind to make this club successful," he said.
He said it was critical for the club to progress "in the right direction, over time".
Harvey said the long-term success of the club lay in nurturing the younger players.
That, he said, was a five year plan.
"It's a gradual program," he said.
Player trials will run from Tuesday, January 3 to January 31.
Players interested in the trials can contact the Whitsunday Miners Football Club.
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