Hawash Impressed By Brisbane Strikers Set-Up

Mar 09, 2019 by

New Brisbane Strikers recruit Gabriel Hawash says the club’s professional approach has him primed to deliver his best in 2019.

Brisbane Strikers confirmed the signing of the versatile defender this week after he made his debut for the club against Gold Coast United last weekend.

Originally hailing from Cairns, the 21-year old joins the club following five seasons with Ipswich-based Western Pride, where he won the 2017 National Premier Leagues Queensland Grand Final.

Hawash says his intention now is to work hard on and off the pitch to reach full match fitness and return Strikers to winning ways after consecutive defeats.

“The club is very professional. I’ve been enjoying my time here so far and I already feel part of the group,” Hawash explained.

“I am very impressed with the quality of the staff and the details of training and the matches. It really is a step up compared to what I have experienced over the past couple of years.”

“The club certainly does everything it can to ensure the players are training and performing at their best; obviously, I am a bit rusty at the moment because I missed the start of the season but I think it won’t take too long to get back up to speed.”

Initially signed to Western Pride for the 2019 season, Hawash cited a change of approach from his former club prompted him to seek new challenges.

“Pride got a new coach in and quite a few key players left. I liked being at Pride but I just wasn’t really enjoying my football there anymore.”

“So I thought it was best to find a new club and there are a quite a few guys I used to play with at Pride now at the Strikers. It is good to be playing with players I know.”

While Hawash is intended to be deployed as a defensive utility across the Brisbane Strikers back four by coach Owen Baker, supporters should not be surprised if his versatility is utilised in different areas of the pitch throughout the season.

Hawash explained that he feels comfortable slotting in wherever required after playing in a raft of roles across his six seasons of National Premier Leagues football for Pride and Queensland Academy of Sport.

“I started as an attacking player when I moved from Cairns to the QAS, but have moved into more defensive positions in recent seasons,” he explained.

“I think I have played every position on the field at some point including up front, on the wing, in midfield and at either fullback or centre back.”

“I like to think I can read the game well because I have played so many positions in the past and I think can bring that into the defensive roles that Owen wants me to play.”

However, Hawash conceded that his debut match for Brisbane Strikers – a 4-0 defeat to Gold Coast United – did not go to script.

He said he is determined to play his role in helping the club move back up the table in coming weeks.

“Obviously I was proud to make my debut for the club but it wasn’t the best performance or result,” Hawash said.

“We will look to build on it this week because we have a team with enough quality to make the top four.”

“There have been a couple of injuries of late but I think this is a very strong team and we can definitely be among the top clubs come the end of the season,” he concluded.

Brisbane Strikers will face Moreton Bay United on Saturday night at Perry Park, with a win set to return them to the top half of the table.

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