Strikers Season Is In Safe Hands

Jan 28, 2019 by

There is no questioning the drive to succeed of Brisbane Strikers goalkeepers Bon Scott and Tomi Mesaric in the National Premier Leagues Queensland in 2019.

The young goalkeepers are set to play important roles in the new-look squad assembled by coach Owen Baker for the upcoming league campaign that kicks off this weekend.

Scott, 21, is an Australian national youth representative and was previously part of the youth set-up at Hyundai A-League club Newcastle Jets.

While Mesaric, 19, returns to Strikers after a break-out 2018 campaign that saw him get an extended run as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper in the back half of the season.

Scott said he is looking forward to his first season with Brisbane Strikers, after lining up against his new club in previous stints with Brisbane City, Moreton Bay United and Western Pride.

“Brisbane Strikers have always been a very competitive club. They have always have a very strong team and I think we have that again this year,” Scott said.

“The set-up is also very good and I’m really enjoying it. We have a very good coach in Owen Baker, who is very good to work under.”

“I also always liked it when I played at Perry Park in the past – it is good to play on and it has a decent atmosphere.”

Scott said he maintains ambitions of a possible return to a Hyundai A-League club in the future, but sees 2019 as a rebuilding year after returning from a serious knee injury.

“I’ve been at that level before and I have seen what it takes. I back myself to be able do it again but after being injured last year I am just looking forward to playing as much as possible,” he explained.

“I want to enjoy my football, have a good season and then we will see what happens from there.”

Pushing Scott all the way will be the rising talent of Mesaric, who rose through the Brisbane Strikers ranks at junior and youth level before getting his first senior start last year.

“Last season I began to feel more confident and more comfortable in the squad. I think I understood more that I am in this team because people believe in me,” Mesaric said.

“So now it is about building on last season. There will be a bit of healthy competition between Bon and I to play as many games as possible.”

“I think that competition is there across the squad in every position. Everyone wants to play and everyone wants to start and I think that is good for the team.”

Both goalkeepers will be assisted in their aspirations this season under the guidance of highly-regarded Brisbane Strikers goalkeeping coach Steve O’Connor.

“Steve is a good coach. He works us hard and he is honest with us but he is also fun to work with – he has great banter,” Scott said.

Mesaric agreed with his fellow gloveman that O’Connor’s influence will be crucial over the coming season and beyond.

“I’ve worked with Steve for four or five years now and he is always giving me that push I need as a young goalkeeper to keep working hard,” Mesaric explained.

“I know I still have a lot to learn. So I want to keep learning, keep playing and training well and take every opportunity I can.”

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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