Strikers Defenders In Arms

Jan 25, 2019 by

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Brisbane Strikers defensive duo Michael McGowan and Matt Richardson are determined to rediscover the club’s defensive steel in 2019 in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

The two central defenders are primed to command the key positions in the Brisbane Strikers back line in coach Owen Baker’s squad as the club prepares for its seventh season in Australia’s second tier competition.

The new defensive partnership promises an enticing blend of experience and youth in a team that prizes a miserly defence in addition to a renowned exciting brand of attack.

Richardson, 19, links with Brisbane Strikers from newly-promoted NPL Queensland side Eastern Suburbs FC, and previously played for Newcastle Jets Youth in the Foxtel Y-League and NPL Northern New South Wales.

He said he is excited to be back under the guidance of Baker and is eager to make his mark with his new club immediately.

“Owen coached me in Under 14’s. I know he promotes a good brand of football and I want to be part of a good footballing team,” Richardson explained.

“I work hard, I want to win every game and I am excited when we get clean sheets. I feel that being part of Strikers and working with Owen suits the way I want to play football.”

Richardson added, “Last year with Easts was a comeback season for me. I had an eye injury and that was frustrating because it kept me out of the game for about 9 months.”

“So I want to keep playing, keep improving and be part of a team that will really challenge every other team in the competition.”

To that end, Richardson will be boosted by partnering with the McGowan, 31, who returns for his second season with Brisbane Strikers and is the oldest player in the club’s 2019 squad.

With extensive experience in his native Scotland – and a previous NPL Queensland Championship title to his name with Redlands United – McGowan said he will relish his role as the team’s on-field defensive talisman.

“One of my roles is to help out tactically on the pitch in the difficult moments of the games and provide a bit of leadership at the back,” McGowan explained.

“To be fair, I’m not always an easy guy to play beside because I am fairly demanding but Matty knows where I am coming from – that I want to win – and he has played beside me in every game in pre-season so far.”

“He is a young lad but every game he is getting better and you can see he wants to make a success of it.”

Richardson agrees he can learn plenty from his new defensive partner’s no-nonsense approach.

“The partnership is really starting to form and I like playing next to someone with a bit of fight in them,” Richardson said.

“Mike has played plenty of football. He is from Scotland and so has that bit of mongrel about him and I am really liking that.”

Looking beyond his defensive duties, McGowan said he is excited by the possibilities of the Brisbane Strikers squad as a whole this season.

“It is early doors but I think this year we have a good balance. We have a much younger team and they are all good players with different strengths.”

“It takes a bit getting used to when you come to Strikers because we put an onus on building up the play, but Matty and the team are taking everything on board from the coaches.”

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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