Five Northern Knights have been named in the Vic Metro U16 squad, including Ewan Macpherson who has also been named as the captain.
Macpherson says that it’s a great experience for himself both as a player and a leader.
“It’s a great opportunity to get away and experience what a life of a full time professional footballer is all about.” He said.
However, even though Macpherson has been named Vic Metro Captain he urges his team mates to also be leaders at their football clubs.
“Although I’ve been named captain we all need to show leadership qualities for us to be the best team possible.”
“It is always a great honor to be named as a leader.”
Ben Major, Joel Trudgeon, Rhys Seakins and Jaden Collins have also been included as a part of the squad to play in a three-round national carnival later this month.
Although Trudgeon, Seakins and Collins have all been listed as emergencies it’s still a fantastic experience and they’ve still been recognised for the season’s they’ve had thus far.
One of those selected is Ben Major who has worked tirelessly over pre-season and acknowledged with selection.
Major credits the ‘training standards’ that have been set by the Knights’ coaching group and teammates that have allowed him to grow in the program.
“My skills have improved over the two year I’ve been at the Knights but also my footy smarts.” Major said.
“The little things that we have practiced at training have become crucial at Vic Metro level because you have less time to make decisions and they give you an edge and the confidence in intense situations.”
Whilst it’s an honor for Major to play ‘with and against some of the best players in the country’ he insists that he’ll use the Metro experience to better his football abilities leading into the future.
“I’m just going to take it all in and learn as much as I can as well as enjoy the moment.” He said.
Northern Knights Talent Manager, Rhy Gieschen says that it is a great experience for boys who have made the final squad.
“This is the first real taste of the real high end, elite level football. The boys will play a showcase game against Vic Country at IKON Park and then head up the to the Gold Coast and play in the carnival up there. Gieschen said.
“It will teach them a lot about where they are at, and what they need to keep on working on”.
Gieschen says that both Major and Macpherson have been standout players throughout their time at the Knights, and the three boys who were named emergency will play their part if given the opportunity.
He also wants to ensure that the players who have missed out on the squad still put their best foot forward and make the most of future opportunities.
“For those players that missed out on the Metro there are great opportunities to come in and train with the TAC Cup group, keep learning off Justin and the coaching group, and even try to put their hand up for selection for ‘u18 TAC Cup Football this year”.
Vic Metro its first match against Vic Country at IKON Park on Saturday June 23 before facing Western Australia (Monday July 9, Southport) and South Australia (Friday July 13, Gabba).