Wilson Well On Track With Strikers

Feb 22, 2019 by

Rising teenage talent Josh Wilson feels he is on the right track after catching the eye of local and overseas football aficionados for Brisbane Strikers this season.

The 19-year-old is one of several fresh faces in the squad assembled by Brisbane Strikers coach Owen Baker that has delivered an unbeaten start to the National Premier Leagues campaign.

Recruited from Ipswich-based Western Pride in the off-season, the versatile Wilson has made an immediate impact at Brisbane Strikers in the left fullback role vacated by injured fan-favourite Hiroki Omori.

Just last week Wilson’s early season performances saw him called into a four-day player identification camp for the New Zealand Under 20’s team in Auckland – an experience that proved eye-opening.

“It was a bit different going over there – the way they do things and different accents to what I’m used to – but it’s an opportunity I want to take with both hands to progress my football,” Wilson explained.

“It’s great to know that you can be on the radar playing in the NPL with Brisbane Strikers. I think having the live streams is helping them identify boys over here more than previously.”

Key to Wilson’s performances is his proven adaptability that sees him equally adept in a number of positions. He says he is reveling in contributing to the team’s run of results any way he can.

“I feel being at fullback is going pretty good so far,” he explained, “I don’t know how much longer Hiro will be out but I will continue playing that role as long as Owen needs me to.”

“I’m still pretty young and getting minutes is really important for my development. I’m am happy doing whatever job the team asks of me.”

Key to Wilson’s returns this season is the ease with which he has adapted to the Brisbane Strikers set-up – a process assisted by previously playing alongside goalkeeper Bon Scott, midfielder Fraser Hills and attackers Andy Pengelly and Seb Scaroni at Pride.

To that end, Wilson believes the team will continue to improve their performances – and rack up the results – as the new elements within the team continue to click.

“It’s actually a bit disappointing that we don’t have nine points from the three games so far but our best is still to come I think,” he said.

Wilson added that he and his teammates hold no fear of what looms as their toughest test of the season to date on Saturday night – facing off against second-placed Peninsula Power at Perry Park.

“We are looking forward to being back at Perry Park for the game. The boys are familiar with it and we can play our passing, possession-based football again.”

“The pitch last week at the Sunshine Coast wasn’t the best but we still managed to play some pretty good football, so being back at home will help that along even more.”

“Peninsula Power are a good team but if we play to our ability then I am confident we will grab a result,” he concluded.

A win against Peninsula Power would see Brisbane Strikers retain their position in the National Premier Leagues Queensland top four for a second straight week. Kick-off is at 6:00PM on Saturday night.

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