Brisbane Roar young-gun Jordan Courtney-Perkins says he’s aiming high ahead of the new Hyundai A-League season.
The defender became Brisbane Roar’s youngest ever player in last week’s FFA Cup Round of 32 win against Sydney FC aged just 16 years, 276 days.
The BRFC Academy product put in an assured display, playing 90 minutes in last week’s win, keeping seasoned Hyundai A-League stars such as Milos Ninkovic, Alexander Baumjohann & Kosta Barbarouses at bay.
The 16-year-old thanked his more experienced team mates for easing his transition into first team football.
“It was a really good experience and a good opportunity for me, I was lucky enough to go out there surrounded by a lot of experienced players,” Courtney-Perkins said.
“I felt comfortable throughout the whole game, they helped me through it which was really good.
“There were nine or so players making their debut so I think it was pretty special for everyone, especially to get the win in Sydney, it was a really successful night for us.”
Having also played a part in each of the Roar’s three pre-season fixtures prior to Wednesday’s FFA Cup win, the goal is now to earn as much first-team action as the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season draws nearer.
“I’m just looking to get more senior football, being in and around the first team environment and just constantly improving,” Courtney-Perkins said.
“Obviously playing [Hyundai] A-League is a huge goal and then helping the team however I can really, I’m just focusing on that.”
The teenager is also in contention to represent Trevor Morgan’s Joeys squad at this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
The versatile defender, who was a part of the Young Roar squad that won last season’s Foxtel Y-League title, says he'd be living out every young footballer's dream to represent his country at a World Cup.
“If I get the opportunity to play [at the FIFA U17 World Cup] it’ll be really special to me as it will to a lot of boys in the team,” Courtney-Perkins added.
“I think it’s every young Australian footballer's dream growing up to represent their country and to do it at a World Cup in Brazil, that’d be amazing.”