Brisbane Strikers Teenager Eager To Build On Promising Start

Apr 21, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers up-and-comer Cade McDermott is determined to continue to make his mark in senior football for the rest of the season and beyond.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with Brisbane Strikers since Under 12’s, has turned heads in recent weeks with his first two senior appearances for the club.

McDermott scored on debut against Souths United in a club record FFA Cup win before following it up with the match-winning goal against Brisbane Roar Youth in in the National Premier Leagues four days later.

His elevation to the senior team comes after being part of the extended senior training squad named by Brisbane Strikers coach Owen Baker in pre-season.

McDermott said now he has tasted the competitiveness of first-team football first-hand he is eager to continue playing at that level.

“It was pretty exciting to make the move from the Under 20’s into the first team and to get that first start against Souths in the FFA Cup was great,” McDermott said.

He added, “The senior players have been really good but I know it is all about maintaining my performances now.”

“I want to keep pushing forward and hopefully do my best to make the position mine as much as I can for the rest of the season.”

While his appearances on the score sheet have grabbed the headlines, McDermott conceded that his immediate returns in front of goal were somewhat unexpected.

“It felt really good to score in that game against Souths and then again in the next one,” he explained.

“I only had one goal in the Under 20’s this season so it’s a bit of a surprise to be scoring goals in the seniors. Usually I am the kind of player that gives assists.”

“It was also good that my family was there to see it. I have older brothers that like to take the mickey out of me but scoring has quieted them down a bit.”

McDermott has earned his share of accolades as he honed his game at Brisbane Strikers – named Player’s Player for the Under 18’s in 2018 and Most Consistent Player for the Under 16’s in 2017.

He has also made a habit of forcing his way into the selection frame, recalling his switch to Strikers as a junior before embarking up the club’s junior National Premier Leagues ranks.

“When I was at SAP I was recommended to Strikers. The trials had already started and they already had most of the team but I made it in and I have been at the club ever since.”

He praised Brisbane Strikers’ holistic approach to player development that sees a consistent style and skills emphasis through the age groups.

“At every age group I have played we have tried to keep the ball and tried to outplay teams. The other teams really just seem to lob balls forward.”

“Of course, once you get to the Under 18’s and Under 20’s there is a bit more detail with tactics and formations and that is a step-up.”

“But you can see it is similar each year and there is a consistent approach from the coaches.”

He said having been schooled in the club’s rich history of player development and achievements he wants to make sure he continues to represent the club to the best of his ability.

“When I first came to the club I didn’t really know too much about it but having been here so long I understand the club’s history now.”

“I know a lot of very good players have played here. Of course, I would like to see where football can take me as well but for now I know I have to keep working to maintain my position in the top team.”

McDermott’s next chance to shine will come when Brisbane Strikers host top-four opponents Gold Coast Knights on Monday night.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 12

Brisbane Strikers v Gold Coast Knights
Monday, April 22 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

$5 Adults, Under 16’s FREE

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