Halliday Settling In At Brisbane Strikers

Feb 07, 2019 by

Scott Halliday is confident he can thrive with the responsibility of playing a key role in the Brisbane Strikers midfield this season.

Halliday is one of several new faces in the Brisbane Strikers squad for the 2019 season, hand-picked by coach Owen Baker from neighbouring National Premier Leagues rivals Brisbane City.

Despite being just 21 years old, Halliday already boasts significant senior football experience – making over 50 National Premier Leagues senior appearances during his time at Brisbane City.

After making his competitive debut for Brisbane Strikers against SWQ Thunder on Saturday night, Halliday said he is excited for the season ahead.

“Having played against the Strikers over the past few seasons it’s fair to say I always liked the way they played their football,” Halliday explained.

“They always played a good game and it also suits the way I like to play with the ball on the ground. That was a big attraction for me in coming to the club.”

“There are also a lot of other good players that have come into the club this year. The training has been really good and I think we can achieve big things going forward.”

Playing a primarily defensive midfield role, Halliday says his aim is to make the position – previously held by long-time Brisbane Strikers servant Michael Angus – very much his own this season and beyond.

“I am a different player to Michael but he has left some big shoes to fill and the defensive midfield role is of course very important to the team,” Halliday explained.

“But I like to think I am bringing something a bit different in the way I play and the team is looking to play a different type of football too.”

“We really want to build up the play and also be patient in the final third. We want to be less direct and that means I need to get on the ball as much as possible to help the team.”

After settling for a draw with SWQ Thunder in their season opener, Halliday said he and his teammates are eager to post their first win of the season this Friday night against bottom-of-the-table Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds.

“We were all a bit frustrated against Thunder but we know created more than enough chances to win the game and it’s now a good opportunity to bounce back on Friday,” he said.

“It won’t be easy at their home ground – and they will be looking for a reaction as well after their first game – but we’re confident we can build on last week and put in a good performance.”

“We look to beat every team that we play against and Friday will be no exception,” he concluded.

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