PGFC Academy midfielder Callum Timmins has enjoyed a highly-successful 12 months and is hoping for more of the same when Glory take on Subiaco AFC in the NPL WA at Ashfield Arena on Saturday.
English-born Timmins skippered the Young Socceroos in the Tri-Series against Singapore, while also making his Glory Hyundai A-League debut in the Round 13 clash with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.
And now he's looking to kick on.
“This year has been a dream come true with my A-League debut and the Young Socceroos call-up," he said, "but it’s only made me want even more. Having experienced what it feels like, I’ll keep pushing to try and give myself more opportunities like that.”
Timmins has played a key role in the Academy First Team's fine form this term and he felt that last weekend's win at fellow-high-fliers Cockburn showed how much the youngsters have improved.
“It was a huge win for us and I thought the boys really pulled through to come back from a goal down,” he said. "We showed great character, with another last minute goal from Walter [Scott] who has made a big impact for us this season.
"In terms of this week, Subiaco are always a difficult team to play against and have been in good form, but with the form our boys are in this season, it will be a disappointment if we do not get all three points.”
Head Coach John Gibson, meanwhile, was quick to acknowledge the contribution that Timmins has made this year.
“Callum has been an ever-present in midfield this NPL campaign, playing the fourth highest minutes and starting all 12 games,” he said. "He is big and strong and has been a major contributor to the team performances this season. From memory, he has hit the post five or six times this year, so hopefully his luck will change soon in front of goal. But nevertheless, he's enjoyed a good campaign to date.”
Gibson went on to praise his charges for their comeback win against Cockburn before predicting another challenging clash this weekend.
“We produced another super performance at Cockburn and two late goals from Henry Hore and Walter Scott gave us the win,” he said.
“It was our third game in a week and we performed strongly, which is a credit to the group for all the hard work that they have done in recent times.
“This week we take on Subiaco, who we always have a tough game against and I'm sure Saturday will be no different. But it's a game which we will enjoy.”
The First Team game kicks off at 3pm, with the Under-18s starting at 11am and the Under-20s at 1pm.
But if you can't make it to Ashfield, we will be streaming the game live on our Glory Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PerthGloryFC/
With thanks to our major Academy sponsors, Silverstone Recrutiment.
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