Captain McLean Refects On 100 Game Milestone

Jun 13, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers captain and two-time Premiership winner Jake McLean says he is excited to add another major milestone to his list of club accolades.

The classy midfielder will notch his one hundredth competitive match for the club this weekend when Brisbane Strikers travel to Gold Coast United in the National Premier Leagues.

The achievement adds to a long list of accolades for McLean since joining Brisbane Strikers in 2016 – including two National Premier Leagues Queensland Premiership titles and appearances on the national stage in the FFA Cup and National Premier Leagues Finals Series.

McLean will join a number of recent Brisbane Strikers fan favourites in the Centurion Club, including Michael Angus, Chris di Sipio, Grieg Henslee, Chay Hews, Sam Knight and Chris Maher.

The 26-year-old McLean said he is looking forward to the moment he leads his teammates on to the pitch for the milestone match.

“It certainly is an achievement and to notch up 100 games is a special feeling to be able to do it as captain of the team,” McLean said.

“It’s my longest time with any one club and I really have enjoyed every minute of being at Brisbane Strikers.”

“It certainly is a very professional club. The club has always done right by me and has always featured a great bunch of lads and good coaches and that is a big reason why I stay at the club.”

McLean explained the circumstances that saw him join the club in 2016 after the former Olympic FC player spent a year playing in Victoria with Oakleigh Cannons.

“I knew Rhys Meredith from my time at Olympic and he messaged me to get me to Strikers training,” he explained.

“I knew straight away after that I wanted to play at this club. I think after the second session I said I wanted to sign and that was that really.”

McLean cited that first season as pivotal in shaping him into the model of consistency and influence he has become at Brisbane Strikers.

“Kevin A’herne-Evans was the coach that season and he had a big impact on me. He gave me a lot of confidence and trusted in my ability and the way I play,” McLean said.

“Some of the players from around that time are still great friends too like Rhys Meredith and Sam Knight, but there have been so many great boys in every team.”

However, McLean acknowledged his memories of his first National Premier Leagues match – against Brisbane Roar Youth – was far from his best Brisbane Strikers performance.

“My first league game was a bit rubbish to be fair, but as the season went on I began to settle in the team.”

“I always try to play a little bit better in every game and do a little bit more and I hope I have done that over the years.”

To that end McLean cites the team’s runs to the 2016 and 2017 National Premier Leagues Queensland Premiership titles as among his proudest achievements at the club.

However, he also cited some unfinished business as he seeks to continue to add to his accolades with the club this season and beyond.

“I would love to win the national NPL Finals. We came close when we played against Heidelberg United a few seasons back.”

“But a decent FFA Cup run is also always something we aim for. I suppose if we could manage to win an FFA Cup Final I would prefer that to the NPL Queensland or national Grand Finals,” he concluded.

Brisbane Strikers history of 100 game players extends back to former greats of the National Soccer League including Shane Stefanutto, Alan Hunter, Clint Bolton and Stuart McLaren.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues
Round 20

Gold Coast United v Brisbane Strikers
Saturday, June 15 @ 7:00PM
Coplick Family Sports Park, Gold Coast

Admission: FREE

Watch the match via live stream at the official Brisbane Strikers Facebook page

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