Pragmatic Palmer Aims To Take His Chances

Feb 15, 2019 by

Rising star Ryan Palmer believes he will find the back of the net soon enough as he continues to thrive in a more attacking role for Brisbane Strikers.

The 20-year-old attacking utility is proving a key member of coach Owen Baker’s squad following Brisbane Strikers’ undefeated start to the National Premier Leagues season.

With over 50 senior appearances for the club across both league and cup competitions, Palmer is quickly maturing as a footballer despite his fresh-faced appearance – displaying a considered approach to his performances to date.

This pragmatism is most evident when discussing his failure to open his season’s goal tally after being twice denied by the woodwork in as many weeks.

“It’s definitely been a bit frustrating not scoring but I feel I am playing well and it’s just that end product I need now,” Palmer explained.

“I know how important it is to finish off those chances in the final third. I’ve hit the post a couple of times and had a goal ruled out as well but you can’t be negative about that.”

“It’s about having the confidence and getting in the right areas and once that first one goes in the flood gates always tend to open up.”

Utilised in a more defensive capacity in his first forays into senior football, Palmer says he is relishing being moved increasingly further up the pitch in recent seasons.

“It’s been a bit of a different role this year, but I am really enjoying getting on the ball and getting into the attacking third,” he said.

“The combinations are coming along with the other lads but I think we still need to gel a bit more. It will definitely continue to get better the further we go into the season.”

Originally from Hervey Bay, Palmer switched to the Strikers as an Under 15’s player and worked his way through the ranks before breaking into the senior team in 2016.

Now a first-team regular, he is thriving under the guidance of Baker, who previously coached him in Strikers junior and youth teams.

“There is great continuity at the Strikers as you come through the age groups and it is great to be working with Owen again.”

“When I came down here originally the club really made me feel comfortable. It is good surroundings, good people and they really look after the players needs and care about them and their families too.”

However, Palmer is quick to point out that supporting environment hasn’t softened the players’ competitive desire on the field.

Following a come-from-behind win last weekend against Redlands United, he said the team is focusing on notching up more points and being a force this season.

“We want to beat every team we play every weekend and we all know what we have to do to do that,” he said.

“We know we need to kill teams off earlier and be more clinical in front of goal. It will happen for us eventually if we keep playing our own game.”

Brisbane Strikers renew rivalries with Sunshine Coast FC on Sunday in the National Premier Leagues at Kawana Western Precinct. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:00PM.

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