The Brisbane Premier League Player of the Month for March goes to Eastern Suburbs player Carter Glockner.
Glockner caught the judging panel’s eye with four goals in three games during the month. In seven league matches so far this season he has found the back of the net eleven times and has scored in each of those matches including four braces. That is on the back of being named Player of the Tournament at the pre-season Silver Boot competition.
Returning last year to the club where he started his junior career after stints in Germany with CFR Pforzheim and Concordia Elblag in Poland’s third division, the twenty-one year old is enjoying playing in a more central ‘number nine’ role in 2016 where the goals are flowing and reflected how his time in Europe has helped take his game forward.
“It was a massive learning curve for me. I’ve felt like I’ve come back more experienced as a player. I’m a lot stronger mentally and physically and I just feel a lot more confident after that opportunity.”
While the focus is currently on his current club and their 2016 title chances, one eye is on the future with hopes one day of emulating his father Steve, who played at the highest tier of the game in Australia with Brisbane City in the now-defunct National Soccer League.
“I’d like to make the step up to the NPL obviously, I think that is the next step. I just want to play as high as I can. The A-League would be great but I’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.”
Easts got off to a slow start in last year’s league, not recording a win in their first six games but came home with a wet sail to finish second. One area that contributed to that slower than expected start was a lack of goals but Glockner identified that and the leadership skills of his teammates as reasons for an improved start to this season.
“I think things are starting to click in and around the goal for us. There’s a lot of leaders in our side. We all just push each other to be better. I think that’s what you need in a side like ours.”
On Sunday, the Tigers come up against the club that they finished runners-up to last year in Lions FC. One of the most keenly anticipated fixtures every year, Glockner said there’ll be no change in preparations despite the big affair.
“We’re approaching it no differently. I’m a little bit more excited for this game because it’s such a big game. You always want to perform against Lions.”
As well as being his father, Steve Glockner is also the coach of Eastern Suburbs’ Brisbane Premier League side and Carter paid tribute to the influence he had in his development as well as his overseas coaches.
“My father’s been great. He’s been fantastic for me. My coaches in Germany and Poland were also great to help my football progress over the past couple of seasons. They definitely deserve some credit.”
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