McDermott Caps Off Break-out Year

Oct 20, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers midfielder Cade McDermott says his path to the Geoff Wright Star of the Future Award is proof of the club’s belief in developing young talent.

McDermott was recognised with the award – which recognises an outstanding young talent – during the club’s annual Presentation Evening on Friday at Perry Park.

The 18-year-old, who joined Brisbane Strikers as a junior in 2013, was a popular winner of the award following a breakthrough year that saw him command a starting position in the first team mid-season.

Scoring goals in both his debut FFA Cup and debut National Premier Leagues match, McDermott quickly announced himself as a player to watch to the club’s supporters.

However, the unassuming teenager conceded that his rapid rise was not something expected at the beginning of pre-season.

“I guess that things really took off for me,” McDermott said.

“At the start of the year I really thought I would play Under 20’s the whole season and look to build on that but then things went really well once I started playing for the senior team.”

“So I really am very happy to get this award and it just continues what’s been an amazing year.”

McDermott’s rapid ascension this season has also served as an inspiration to a raft of young Brisbane Strikers talents looking to make the transition to senior football in the coming seasons.

He encouraged his teammates from the Under 20’s – and other rising young players – to not be shy about taking their opportunities in senior football when they present.

“Some might worry about stepping into the senior team but I think it is important to realise as a young player you really have nothing to lose when you get your chance,” he explained.

“Worst case scenario is that you will return to the Under 20’s and get another go a bit later on. So trying not to worry about it too much and just play your game is what worked for me.”

Amongst the previous winners of the award is inaugural recipient Michael Zullo – who went on to represent the Socceroos and win two Hyundai A-League Premierships, a Hyundai A-League Championships and an FFA Cup Final.

McDermott said, “Knowing that someone who has won this award has done what Michael Zullo has done is inspiring. I hope to take confidence from that and replicate some of the things he has achieved.”

Brisbane Strikers head coach Owen Baker said McDermott’s stand-out year made light work of judging the award this season.

“The club has always known of Cade’s ability and potential and his performances helped change our fortunes this year with the mature way he stepped up,” Baker explained.

“He showed plenty of character in the big games and was so consistent and brave in a role that, given our shape, can be tough to play.”

“It’s fair to say that we really look forward to an even bigger and better year from in 2020 and beyond.”

The Geoff Wright Star of the Future Award recognises the long-term contribution of the late Mr Geoff Wright, who served as a long-time Director of the club prior to his passing.

His surviving wife, Jacqui Wright, said, “Geoff was very passionate about young players reaching their full potential in football.”

“He would have been extremely proud of the Strikers with the development of the squad over the course of the season resulting in history being made in both the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup.”

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