Teenage Trio Added To 2018 Squad

Jan 25, 2018 by

The injection of youthful exuberance into the Brisbane Strikers senior ranks has continued apace this week with the news that teenaged trio Sebastian Scaroni, Joshua Matcham and Jack Stevens have all been signed to the club’s treble-chasing 2018 squad.

Football Manager David Large said that signing the three would add depth and talent to all three outfield compartments of his team – defence, midfield and attack.

Midfielder Scaroni (pictured), a former Strikers junior, has returned to the club via stints with the Queensland Academy of Sports and 2017 NPL Queensland Champions Western Pride FC.

And while Large said the youngster had been impressive in training he has not taken long to make his mark for the team in pre-season action – scoring the opening goal with a left-footed rocket from twenty yards in last week’s 3-0 Kappa Silver Boot tournament win over FQPL outfit Southside Eagles.

“He’s sort of a number six, similar to Gussy (Strikers skipper Michael Angus),” said Large in describing Scaroni’s football qualities.

“Seb has grown up a lot and picked up some size and some strength and I think that he’s been an absolute surprise package for me. He’s a first team footballer and is doing a fantastic job.

“He listens, he learns and every week he is improving. We are very fortunate to have him back”.

Defender Stevens has joined Strikers from community club Wolves FC having been recommended to Large by senior coach Owen Baker, who coached him in Queensland age representative squads.

“I didn’t really know Jack’” said Large. “Owen told me that he was a quality lad who felt that he had run his race at Wolves and wanted to step up and have a go at NPL football.

“He’s a left-sided defender who is comfortable whether it be as a left centre back or as a left fullback. He’s a big boy – strong – and he’s done really well.

“He’s a very intelligent boy and he has mixed in well with the group and we are excited to see how he develops and where it goes.”

Matcham, however, was not in the position of needing to make an impression upon Large in pre-season training, having already done most of the ‘heavy lifting’ in the Strikers’ Under-18 and Under-20 teams last year.

“Josh was an easy one in a way,” said Large.

“He came to us from Peninsula Power. He played for the 18s and maybe half a dozen games for the 20s and he scored something like 22 or 23 goals.

“He’s very quick and his game is very simple in what he does and how he goes about it, and he scores goals – and we were looking for a young boy to come into the squad and develop over the next couple of years”.

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