Off-season recruit Max Crocombe is loving his new life down under after after making his debut for the Club in last weekend’s Surf City Cup success.
The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in Friday’s 1-0 win over Perth Glory before playing 90 minutes in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle as the Roar claimed the inaugural Surf City Cup.
The 26-year-old New Zealand international, who until signing on with the Roar had spent his whole career in the UK, says he is thoroughly enjoying the change of scenery.
“I’m loving it, the place is unbelievable. I can’t believe I didn’t come out here sooner, it’s wicked,” Crocombe said.
“I don’t know how much I’m actually looking forward to the summer because look how hot it is now but it makes a very welcome change from what we’re used to in our [British] winters.
“You only have to look at last season where there were a couple of days that were absolutely freezing. Everything is cold, my hands were freezing, my feet were freezing, I couldn’t feel my toes and just to compare that to here - it’s a world apart.”
Crocombe, who is one of 13 off-season recruits welcomed to the Club under new Head Coach Robbie Fowler, added he’s been impressed with the unity shown by his new teammates.
“I’ve felt really welcome here since I’ve come in. We’re always doing a bit of socialising outside of football and I’ve gotten to know everyone really quickly,” Crocombe said.
“There’s a good group of professionals here. People want to work hard and there’s a good togetherness off the pitch as well where the boys are out and about doing things together as well. It’s a really good collective team spirit.”
The goalkeeper played every minute of the weekend’s Surf City Cup marking his BRFC debut with a clean sheet as a youthful Roar side defeated Perth Glory 1-0, praising a 'whole team effort' in what was an impressive showing.
“It’s a team effort really. We worked really hard, kept it compact and defended well - it was a really good team performance," Crocombe continued.
“It [The Surf City Cup] was a good tournament a good test for us, especially the first game where we had a young team out and did really well."
"We put in some good performances and it was great to get two wins.”