Young­ster finds feet at Wan­der­ers

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FOOTBALL - EMMA KEMP

LESS than three months ago, Keanu Bac­cus didn’t know what it felt like to lose his ALeague start­ing spot be­cause he’d never re­ally had one.

The Western Syd­ney youth prod­uct had played a to­tal of 118 min­utes — none this sea­son — when he was thrown into the Syd­ney derby caul­dron last De­cem­ber for his sec­ond ca­reer start.

The abrupt in­clu­sion shocked ev­ery­one in a rad­i­cal Josep Gom­bau re­vamp that prac­ti­cally in­vited a 5-0 thrash­ing from Syd­ney FC.

Yet Bac­cus showed enough in mid­field along­side older brother Kearyn for Gom­bau to give him another go.

The fol­low­ing week, the 19year-old came of age with a man-of-the match per­for­mance in a 2-0 win over Cen­tral Coast. Sud­denly a reg­u­lar, Bac­cus found him­self deal­ing with the men­tal side of the game, and he looked to 26-year-old Kearyn for sup­port.

“He’s been through it all so he al­ways gives me ad­vice and helps me at home, just talks me through ev­ery­thing,” Bac­cus said. “I’m prob­a­bly a bit quiet so I usu­ally keep it to my­self but, if it’s re­ally wor­ry­ing me, I can al­ways talk to him. He usu­ally brings it up; he sees what’s hap­pened with me and helps me out.”

The Red and Black Bloc last Sun­day.

Keanu Bac­cus.

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