Brisbane Roar defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins is making the most of a unique opportunity in Head Coach Robbie Fowler's squad.
The defender became the youngest ever player to start a Hyundai A-League game for the Club in last month's trip to Wellington before playing another 90 minutes in Saturday's 2-0 win at home.
The BRFC Academy graduate made the record breaking start at age 17 years, 17 days after recently returning from the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
The young defender is proud to add the record to his resume but knows there's plenty of work ahead of him.
“It’s something that I’m pretty lucky to have as a 17-year-old – it’s not something that a lot of 17-year-olds are doing,” Courtney-Perkins said.
“I feel blessed to have the opportunity but the hard work continues and I want to see if I can start becoming an important part of this team.”
Courtney-Perkins was grateful to be included in the team quickly after his return from international duty.
“I had an awesome trip away [to Brazil] and that was a special experience for me and then to come back and be involved straight away is great,” the youngster continued.
“I’m thankful to the coaching staff for putting trust in me to be in this position.”
Courtney-Perkins returned to training on Monday morning with his teammates ahead of Saturday's clash in Sydney against the Sky Blues.