Cernak has point to prove
Brisbane Roar young gun Isaka Cernak is hoping to prove a point against Perth Glory after missing out on selection for Australia’s squad for the U20 World Cup earlier this week.
Brisbane Roar young gun Isaka Cernak is hoping to prove a point against Perth Glory after missing out on selection for Australia-s squad for the U20 World Cup earlier this week.
A major part of the squad during qualification, Cernak was hopeful of joining team mates Tommy Oar, Mitch Nichols and Luke DeVere on the plane to Egypt on Monday.
However, with little match practice in the early stages of the new Hyundai A-League, the attacking midfielder had to be content with a place in the standby squad.
“I missed out and now I-ve just got to look forward and focus on my job with the club,” the 20-year-old said.
“I-m a disappointed but I understand why I didn-t go and it-s my responsibility to get myself into the team, so it just gives me more motivation to get myself in there and prove a point.
“Hopefully I-ll get some sort of involvement in the game against Perth on Sunday. It-s a positive if I do, but if not I-ll push for the next week against Sydney.”
Following a hard-working appearance off the bench last week against Newcastle and Danny Tiatto missing this week with a slight groin strain the odds are in favour of Cernak again clocking up some minutes on the park.
Roar coach Frank Farina said while he shared Cernak-s disappointment, the Young Socceroos- loss was Brisbane-s gain.
“He-s a good player and I thought he deserved to be there,” Farina said. “But that-s the national coach-s job, he-s got to select a team and there are going to be players who miss out.”
With Brisbane continuing to pick up points despite losing players to injury and international duty, Cernak said the remaining squad members had a responsibility to maintain the momentum.
“It-s a pretty good time to be coming into it so hopefully we can push on and get better and better,” he said. “There are a fair few spots to be filled in our team. But it-s not just up to me, it-s up to a whole bunch of us to step up.”
Primarily deployed as a winger in his limited appearances in the first team, Cernak said he had no problems slotting into the 4-4-2 formation which enjoyed success in Newcastle last week.
“When we play 4-3-3 I play on the wing because of my pace, but traditionally I-m a midfielder so I welcome that,” he explained.
Brisbane Roar-s match against Perth Glory kicks off at 5pm, Sunday at Suncorp Stadium. Click here for ticket details.