Young Roar To Improve On Perfect 10
Words: Aaron Cooper
Image: Andrew Shaw
Brisbane Roar Youth defender Jaiden Walker says the side is not getting ahead of themselves and are using each match to improve on their previous outing.
Young Roar are third in Conference A of the Foxtel National Youth League with three rounds remaining and it is difficult to imagine the team improving on their last outing – a 10-0 demolition of conference leaders Adelaide United Youth.
However, that is the goal that has been set by Young Roar coach Josh McCloughan this weekend and Walker agrees.
“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Walker explained.
“We’re taking each game as it comes and just focusing on that game and how we perform.”
“It would be great to be on top of the table, but that’s not what we’re focused on.”
“If we keep developing and performing to the best of our ability then the results will take of themselves.”
Young Roar play their first Foxtel National Youth League fixture of 2016 against Perth Glory Youth at Cleveland Showgrounds on Sunday. The sides last met in November with the Roar recording a 2-0 away win.
Walker added that the whole squad has confidence in each other and are aiming for another opposition shutout against the Glory.
“We’ve always had confidence in our side, we know what we’re capable of,” he asserted.
“We know we’ve got one of the best attacks in the league so if we can keep a clean sheet, it will go a long way towards winning.”
McCloughan explained his side has focused on key areas of improvement in training over the past fortnight.
“We know every week that there will be things to improve on,” McCloughan said.
“There were lots of positives that we took out of the Adelaide game, but there were areas we know we can improve on.”
McCloughan believes developing consistency is a vital part of player development and is hoping his side can continue to string together strong performances.
“The difference between seasoned professionals and the younger players is the consistency,” he said.
“If young players are performing consistently, they’ll find themselves playing senior football pretty quickly,” he concluded.
Foxtel National Youth League 2015/2016
Round 8 – Sunday, January 3
Brisbane Roar FC Youth v Perth Glory FC Youth
Cleveland Showgrounds, Redland City
Kick-off at 10:30am