Brisbane City are proud to continue providing pathways in 2018, with eight players from the club identified by A-League sides as outstanding talents for trials in recent weeks.
That comes after 30 per cent of the club’s Academy was identified by the Brisbane Roar at the end of last season to join their new A-League Academy.
“It’s fantastic,” the Club’s Technical Director, Tom Laxton said.
“The bulk of those [players] are coming from our SAP program, which is a real credit to Mitch [Edwards – SAP Director] this year – that’s what it’s about.
“Winning trophies and things at junior levels is great but really, the most important thing for us is moving those players on to the top level.
“And not to just survive, but thrive at that next level and until we get there – which will be in the near future – that’s our job.”
“Having close to 30 per cent of our players move over to the Roar last season is a great indication of the standard we’ve been working at over the past few years. To have that amount of players move on to our local A league academy is a very pleasing for all the technical and back room staff as well as at a board level.”
“Obviously we wish the boys all the best of luck and hope to see them again in the future, but it’s fantastic for those players and we’re really excited to have been able to play such a significant role in their journey.”
Brisbane City FC also continue to provide players for representative football, something Tom credits as being down to the quality of the coaching at Brisbane City.
“This year the club had four players in under 14’s and two in under 13’s selected in Queensland State sides. We have also had another two more boys who have joined an A league academy from our U13 and U14 2018 line ups, ” Tom said.
“We’ve got a fantastic line-up of coaches and the new club structure will pay dividends to repeat that level of success in the future, as we have seen throughout this season.”
For most clubs, losing such a significant proportion of the club’s young talented players would have been a significant speed bump on the path to developing new talent, but City underlined their status as a leader in youth football development by continuing to excel in the National Premier Leagues Queensland competitions.
Incredibly, five of the club’s seven NPL teams made their respective Grand Finals, and in a hypothetical ‘all of club championships’, the club would have come out on top.
Tom was thrilled with the outcome, outlining that the hard work of the players and coaches, combined with the club’s structure enabled this result to be achieved.
“It’s a combination of all of those things,” Tom agreed.
“The work ethic of the players that came into those positions, the coaching staff, and the way we do things at the club.
“We can only use it as a yardstick, it doesn’t really mean anything that club championship – but I think when you pair it with the player movement from development teams, players moving up ages, players moving on to A-League trials…I think it is a reflection of a job well done for the year in terms of player development.”
“But that’s that year done and we’re already on to the next season and the hard work starts again. As we often discuss player development is a long term plan/journey we cant be too fixated on year on year outcomes but it helps to give drive and focus.
“Results only really matter in the first team and we are hopeful of having a great 2019 season ahead of us with that team.”