Gus Humbled By Strikers Milestone

Jul 06, 2018 by

Brisbane Strikers captain Michael Angus says he is honoured and humbled as he readies for his 200th competitive senior appearance for the club this weekend.

The 28-year-old midfield stalwart will notch the milestone when he steps onto Logan Metro Sports Park on Saturday night against Brisbane Roar Youth.

Angus’ record extends across nine seasons of competitive matches in the former Queensland State League, NPL Queensland, FFA Cup and Canale Cup.

It has coincided with 17 goals, four team titles – two NPL Queensland Premierships in 2016 and 2017 in addition to the QSL 2012 Premiership and the 2014 Canale Cup – and the Strikers Player of the Year in 2010 and 2015.

Originally from Toowoomba, Angus joined Strikers from Brisbane Roar for the 2010 season as a 19-year-old up-and-comer and is now the longest serving member of the current playing group.

He said this weekend’s milestone comes as a welcome surprise.

“I know I’ve been at the club for a while but I didn’t have any idea this was coming,” Angus said.

“In a semi-pro environment, for whatever reason, there aren’t many players that can stay at a club for long enough to accumulate that many games.”

“So, I’m very proud to have been able to be part of this club for so long. People will say I’ve been loyal to Strikers but they have been loyal to me as well and that’s a great feeling.”

He said many people at the club had made telling contributions to his time in the famous yellow-and-blue kit.

“I am grateful to so many people at the club like Bruce Atterton-Evans and Ray Evans at the management level.”

“All of my coaches have been great starting with Stuart Maclaren when I first came to the club and, of course, David Large has also been a massive part of my journey and I have known him for a long time.”

“There are also so many fans that have been around the club for a long time and they know me and their support has been great as well.”

He said he has never taken anything for granted at the club and remains humbled by the honours bestowed on him – including the captaincy of the side.

“It’s always been a privilege and a great responsibility to be recognised by the club as a leader on the field and captain the team to two Premierships.”

Angus’ time with Strikers has seen the club participate in eight straight QSL and NPL Queensland Finals Series and one national NPL Finals Series.

He was also part of the team that returned Strikers to the national stage in the 2014 FFA Cup for the first time since the club’s halcyon days in the National Soccer League.

“I was a substitute for that first FFA Cup game in Broadmeadow and it was a great night, with so much hype around the FFA Cup.”

“It has been a great initiative for a club with Strikers’ history to be able to again be in national spotlight and compete against A-League clubs – captaining the team against Melbourne City (in 2016) was a very special moment with a packed Perry Park cheering us on.”

The club’s enviable on-field record in the FFA Cup and state league competitions has seen Angus play in every major Queensland population centre, as well as interstate in New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

However, he said playing at the club’s fabled Perry Park home will always present a special match day feeling.

“We’ve had a lot of away games in the FFA Cup and travelling around the country has been an experience that I may not have had at any other club.”

“But Perry Park has always been such a great place to play and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better field at this level of football in Australia.”

“You look at the old highlights and it has certainly changed since I first came here, but it is still tied to its history and still has that sentimental feeling because it is so much part of the fabric of Queensland football.”

Angus’ contribution to the club extends beyond his reputation as one of the club’s most consistent senior team performers.

In 2014, he was appointed as the club’s Skills Development Officer, responsible for overseeing Strikers’ youngest talents in the Skills Acquisition Program (SAP).

He said the continued development and growth of the club is just as rewarding as his on-field successes.

“When I came to the club in the QSL days there was a first team and a youth team, but now we have seniors all the way down to our Under 9’s in the SAP program.”

“To see the number of players grow, the move into the NPL and SAP – it has been great to be part of that as part of the coaching team just as much as being a senior player.”

“Times have changed but the club’s values haven’t. They have always wanted to give young players a chance, to help them develop into good footballers and compete at the highest level they can.”

“I was once a young player that was given a chance by this club and I am proud to still be part of it nine years later,” he concluded.

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