Key Duo Eye Another Big Year For Strikers

Jan 29, 2019 by

Decorated Brisbane Strikers duo Jake McLean and Hiroki Omori are confident they can build on their outstanding 2018 campaigns in the National Premier Leagues Queensland this season.

Midfielder McLean and fullback Omori were selected in the 2018 National Premier Leagues Queensland Team of the Season assembled by Football Queensland in recognition of the competition’s stand-out players.

Brisbane Strikers were one of only four clubs to have more than one player selected in the Team of the Season last year.

McLean, 25, said despite being a consistent stand-out since joining Brisbane Strikers in 2016 – netting an impressive 23 goals in all competitions for the club to date – he has no intention of resting on his laurels this year.

“My aim is to keep playing well every game and get as many goals and assists as possible,” McLean said.

“I love being at this club. We have a new team with some very good new players and I’m excited for the challenge ahead this year.”

“It’s fair to say last year was one of those years where it didn’t quite gel for us, so we are starting something fresh and looking to build for the next few seasons.”

“I am looking forward to helping a lot of the younger guys along and I like to lead by example.”

Omori, 28, explained he also believes he can continue delivering on the pitch after establishing himself as a fan favourite since joining the club from his native Japan in 2016.

“It’s simple – I will retire when I feel I cannot do better and cannot give my best performance,” Omori said.

“Of course, I like this club, the coaches, the staff and the way team plays. It is a possession style and a aggressive style and I appreciate that.”

Omori added that he believes the squad assembled for the upcoming season is showing plenty of potential and he will do everything he can to assist them to play the Brisbane Strikers way.

“I hope that every year the team does better than the year before,” he explained.

“Many good young players have joined the team and I will help teach my experience to them in every training and every game I can.”

McLean noted a big challenge for the season ahead is a longer playing schedule with the National Premier Leagues Queensland competition now featuring a record 15 clubs this year.

“It’s going to be hard because it is a longer season and many of the other clubs have thrown some money around and recruited some good players,” McLean said.

“But we will go into every game trying to win and I definitely believe we can compete with any team in this competition.”

“We want to have a good run in the league and the FFA Cup and finish as high as possible,” he concluded.

Brisbane Strikers commence their National Premier Leagues Queensland season at Perry Park against Toowoomba’s South West Queensland Thunder on Saturday, February 2.

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