Rising star has eyes on the prize

Teenager Jamal Reiners is still pinching himself at the fact he has signed a professional football contract with Glory in his sight.

It may sound like a cliché, but for the 17-year old striker, playing for WA's Hyundai A-League team is a dream come true.

Starting off at Warnbro Strikers FC, his football passion took him to Mandurah City before the talented youngster was unearthed by Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe who played him in the NTC.

"I got involved in football from the young age of 7. My main influence in football was my father Harry Reiners, who first introduced me to the game and from then onwards the love for the game just grew from there" he said.

Before signing for Glory in October, Reiners had just completed an 18-month stint at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. 

Three weeks after signing, Reiners-who has South African heritage-made his Hyundai A-League debut against Brisbane Roar in RD 6 at Suncorp Stadium, coming on as a second half substitute.

"It was such an amazing moment, not just for me but my family, both immediate and abroad. I'm still astonished that I get to play with some of the players that I've watched on TV in the recent years and it's great because there is so much I can learn from them and their experience on and off the park".
 
"It would be unjust to just pick a couple really, because they all mentor me really well, giving me tips on anything they may see fit".

And while he may be one of the youngest players in the competition, he's determined to cement his spot and play competitive football week-in week-out.

"My current goal for the season is to make as big of an impact as I can, when I'm on the pitch and do my utmost best to help win as many games for Glory and the city of Perth, all while growing as a professional footballer".

Reiners and the rest of the Glory boys will be in full action on Saturday night against Central Coast Mariners in one big festive feat of football over seven days.

Tickets to the match can be purchased HERE