Ja­cob’s de­but a first for Perth Glory

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH Glory young­ster Ja­cob Col­lard says it was a dream come true when he made his de­but as the first home-grown in­dige­nous player at the club.

The Can­ning Vale res­i­dent said he had al­ways wanted to play foot­ball at this level ever since he was a four-year-old play­ing for the Gos­nells Soc­cer Club.

Col­lard made his ALeague de­but on Jan­uary 9 when he started at home against Ade­laide United.

He was given an­other start a week later but was forced to leave the field in the 63rd minute af­ter re­ceiv­ing a red card.

The 20-year-old has al­ways had am­bi­tions to play for Glory, but he also wants to in­spire young kids and en­cour­age in­dige­nous kids to give soc­cer a go.

“I have done some men­tor­ing ses­sions with Abo­rig­i­nal kids and coached some of the kids at the Save the Chil­dren around Ar­madale,” he said.

“For me, the big­ger pic­ture is to give in­dige­nous kids more con­fi­dence to try new things, even it is a sport like bad­minton or soc­cer.”

In­juries to cap­tain Michael Th­waite and back­man Alex Grant have given Col­lard his op­por­tu­nity.

The back­line at the WAbased club has a young feel, with Aryn Wil­liams (22) and Marc War­ren (22) also re­cently find­ing their way into the side, along with Josh Ris­don (23).

Col­lard has put his plumb­ing ca­reer on hold for the time-be­ing and is hop­ing to win a full-time con-

d448930 tract to the Glory next year.

“Ever since I was a kid I used to watch Perth Glory back in the NSL [Na­tional Soc­cer League] days and to ac­tu­ally be on the stage show­ing what you are worth is an ab­so­lute dream come true,” he said.

Col­lard said the key to him get­ting a con­tract was to keep work­ing on his game and get bet­ter at ev­ery train­ing ses­sion.

“I have goals and as­pi­ra­tions to be the best I can be,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Ja­cob Col­lard has re­alised his dream of play­ing in the ALeague.

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