Hills Aims To Eclipse “Best Year Yet”

Nov 28, 2019 by

Fraser Hills says he is looking to back up his “best year yet” as he embarks on his fourth go-around with Brisbane Strikers in 2020.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has committed to the club after a stand-out 2019 campaign that saw him recognised with two major awards.

In October, Hills was awarded the Michael Cockerill Medal as the FFA Cup’s most outstanding player from outside the Hyundai A-League and additionally recognised Brisbane Strikers Player of the Year.

The accolades came in Hills’ first season back at Brisbane Strikers following a two-year sojourn that took him interstate, but also saw him battle the frustrations of injury.

He believes he has made the right choice in again donning the club’s famous yellow and blue playing strip.

“I am very happy to have re-signed for Brisbane Strikers for the next season,” Hills said.

“The club is just a quality place to be and I’m looking forward to another good year and building on what we did as a team last season.”

Hills notched an impressive 35 appearances last year in Brisbane Strikers colours – and delivered 9 goals and 14 assists across the season as a vital cog in coach Owen Baker’s attacking style.

He said he believes continuing to work under Baker will improve his returns next year.

“Owen has really brought the best out of me as a player and I enjoy playing under him. He knows how I like to be coached,” he said.

If Last Year Was Best Can Next Year Be Better?

Brisbane Strikers and Hills captured plenty of headlines in 2019 as they delivered an unprecedented run to the FFA Cup Semi Finals and set a number of club records in both league and cup competition.

But it was not the first time Hills has tasted success with the club after being part of the team that won the  NPL Queensland 2016 Premiership title.

However, for Hills there is no doubt in his mind that 2019 stands as the new benchmark in his football career so far.

“I think last season was by a long way my best year yet but that’s not because of the personal awards,” Hills said.

“The FFA Cup run the team had, playing a full season without injury and playing a very good standard of football made it a really good year for me.”

However, he was quick to add that reaching that personal zenith will not reduce his desire to perform better still in 2020.

“We are striving to be the best football team in Queensland. As a player that’s what you want to be part of and what you work towards,” he said.

“We’ve had a taste of what that could be like with the end of last year with the excitement and the crowds around the FFA Cup Semi Final.”

“We know we can do better in the league and we want to have another deep FFA Cup run after experiencing that. So there is plenty there to drive the whole team forward again next season.”

Baker Backs Hills To Continue To Deliver

With Hills having played some his best football to date in a Brisbane Strikers shirt, it’s little surprise that Baker was eager to keep him for another season at Perry Park.

The 29-year-old Head Coach said he sees another big year ahead for the pocket dynamo.

“Fraser is absolute vital to the strength of our team and I’m so happy he will be back at our club next season,” Baker explained.

“He has an unbelievable ability to find spaces and break lines with his passing and vision.”

“He has an outstanding work rate and I have no doubt we will continue to see outstanding performances from him.”

“Fraser is also the life and soul of the changing room and I’m looking forward to seeing him play and strengthen our attack further in 2020.”

More Signings To Come

Brisbane Strikers will announce further signings in coming days as Owen Baker continues to lock in 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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