Halliday To Step It Up In 2020

Nov 27, 2019 by

Scott Halliday says he is relishing the opportunity to continue his development at Brisbane Strikers in 2020.

The 22-year-old has committed to Brisbane Strikers for another year following a promising debut season for the club.

The versatile midfielder made 31 appearances for Owen Baker’s side in 2019 – playing a crucial role in the team’s unprecedented charge into the FFA Cup Semi Finals.

The campaign across both league and cup competitions proved to be one that offered new challenges and opportunities for the former Australian junior representative after his off-season move to Perry Park.

Halliday said he is now eager to take the lessons learned and further develop his game in Strikers colours next season.

“I’m very happy to re-sign with the club and I’m looking forward to building on what we achieved last season,” Halliday explained.

“We had a tough run of results early in the year but we always had confidence we could turn it around and that is exactly what we did.”

“The team made some changes, and my role changed with that into a more attacking one, and I think we can evolve that a bit more next season and be very competitive again.”

Halliday said having tasted the big game atmosphere last season he is eager to do whatever it takes to recapture that feeling for himself and for Brisbane Strikers supporters.

“The feeling of being in front of the big crowds at Perry Park in the FFA Cup was unreal and they are some of my favourite games I have ever played in,” he said.

New Club, New Experiences and New Perspective

While Halliday was not new to National Premier Leagues football, 2019 became a year where he became more rounded in his approach to the game after moving from Brisbane City.

Working under a new coach in a new environment – and finding his feet in a new formation and style – provided welcome challenges.

However, he explained that despite taking time to adjust he feels he is a better player than when he first arrived at the club.

“I definitely think last season the defensive part of my game had to improve by playing in a deeper midfield role earlier in the year,” he explained.

“I moved into a more attacking role as the season went on but even after that, and it may sound strange, I felt that I wanted to help support the guys playing more defensively after that experience.”

“So that side of my game definitely improved in my first season with Brisbane Strikers.”

However, Halliday was quick to clarify that he is readying himself for greater contributions in the attacking third in 2020 – something supporters taste-tested with his stunning, long-range strike against Magpies Crusaders United last season.

“I hadn’t scored all season, so it was a bit of a relief getting that goal in Mackay near the end of the year,” he conceded.

“I really think I can contribute more goals next season. I won’t be the main source of goals but I feel I need to add that to my game and I also want to add more assists as well.”

Coach Backs Halliday To Drive Forward

One person that has no doubt Halliday will bring plenty to the pitch in a more attacking role it is Brisbane Strikers Head Coach Owen Baker.

He said the continuing evolution of his side’s approach to their football next season can result in strong contributions from the lanky midfielder.

“Scott has the type of technical qualities we love to see in players at Brisbane Strikers,” Baker explained.

“After moving higher up the pitch last season, he showed superb passing range and an ability to keep the ball well in tight areas.”

“I think he has shown he is capable of being more involved in the attack and even scoring more himself based on his outstanding strike in Mackay.”

“I really believe Scott will go from strength to strength in his second year with our club,” he concluded.

More Signings To Come

Brisbane Strikers will announce further signings in coming days as Owen Baker continues to lock in the key pieces of his 2020 squad.

Supporters should stay tuned to Brisbane Strikers social media for the latest announcements via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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