Congratulations to Brisbane Strikers fullback Jake Marshall who is the Total Compression NPL Player of the Month for August.
Marshall impressed the panel with his defensive efforts for the 2016 NPL Premiers and has been a vital cog for the Strikers since bursting onto the scene this season.
Reflecting on his season Marshall told QSN upon accepting the award, “This year has been a very good year for me in terms of my development, coming in from the under 16s two years ago, then under 20s and now into the first team. I’ve been playing with a bunch of boys who know what they’re doing and can help you through that pathway.”
Amongst the experiences he had this year was the opportunity to play against Socceroos legend Tim Cahill in the FFA Cup round of 16 against the A-League’s Melbourne City.
“It was a dream come true walking out in front of 3,500 people, the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for. The night went pretty good. There were a few nerves at the start but once I got a few touches on the ball, everything went alright.”
Like most young players who have had a taste of football against A-League opponents on the national stage, the northern New South Wales product is keen to take the next step in his footballing journey.
“Strikers have helped me this year and to get to the next level is something to dream for.”
Marshall pointed to the obvious as to the Strikers player who has been the most influential in terms of mentoring him through the season.
“Definitely Greig Henslee as centre-back. He’s helped me through the season and I just know I’ve improved playing next to him, looking at him and what he does and how he talks on the field. It made my game a lot better throughout the year.”
While the Strikers bowed out of the NPL finals series without making the local Grand Final, the season is not yet over. As the Queensland Premiers, they now move onto the national finals series where they will meet FFA Cup surprise packets Canberra Olympic who have already knocked two of our sides out of that competition to make the quarter-finals so they’ll be no pushover. That match will be played on Saturday 17 September at Perry Park with a 6pm kickoff.
From everyone at QSN and Total Compression, congratulations Jake on your award.
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