Muir finally set for debut

A year after signing for the club, goalkeeper Luke Muir is finally set to make his National Youth League debut when Roar Youth travel to Melbourne on Sunday.

A year after signing for the club, goalkeeper Luke Muir is finally set to make his National Youth League debut when Roar Youth travel to Melbourne on Sunday.

The 19-year-old was meant to be the club-s number one last season but was ruled out weeks before the campaign kicked off with a fractured wrist.

Replacement goalkeeper Matt Acton, who stepped in for Muir following the injury, has stood between the sticks for the first three matches this season but Rado Vidosic said Muir-s chance would finally come on Sunday.

“I could not keep him on the bench for any longer because then Luke will have gone too many weeks without any competitive matches,” the Roar Youth coach said.

“Matty has shown his qualities, he was outstanding all three games. Now it-s Luke-s turn and I think he-s going to be equally as good as Matt.”

Under new rules this year, teams are no longer required to substitute their goalkeepers during the match and Vidosic said Muir would be given a couple of starts to prove himself.

“Each goalkeeper must play 720 minutes (over the season) so we-ve decided to give them 90 minutes at a time,” he said.

“He-ll get at least a couple of games and then we-ll assess how both he and Matt are going.”

Muir said he was excited to put the pain of last season behind him and make his debut for the club.

“Last year was really frustrating with the wrist injury, but it-s been a good pre-season,” the former Magic United custodian said.

“Everything has gone well and I-m just looking forward my first game of the season.”

Despite his injury, Muir was a regular at training last season and feels he was able to improve just by being in the professional surrounds of the Roar.

“Just watching the sessions and being around the first team has helped me a lot,” he said.

“Learning from Liam (Reddy), Griffin (McMaster), Fernando (vaz Alves) and even Matty (Acton) has been helping me out.”

Brisbane Roar Youth-s match against Melbourne Victory kicks off at 1pm (AEST), Sunday at the Veneto Club, Melbourne.

Following a loss to league leaders Sydney last weekend, the club sits in fourth place on the National Youth League ladder.

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