The talent coming through the ranks at the BRFC Academy is continuing to impress with a number of youngsters breaking into the first team and making an impact in the Hyundai A-League.
18-year-old Zach Duncan, made his first start for the club and was influential in Friday’s 2-1 win over fourth-placed Wellington Phoenix.
He was joined by fellow Academy graduates Izaack Powell and Aaron Reardon & young gun Daniel Leck in the side for Friday’s victory.
All four were part of the Young Roar squad that claimed the Club’s first Foxtel National Youth League title earlier this season.
Young midfielder Jay Barnett has also earned a taste of Hyundai A-League action, earning his debut in Round 16 against the Wanderers before appearing off the bench again in Round 19.
Powell became the Roar’s youngest ever Hyundai A-League player when he debuted in February’s win over Sydney FC, aged just 16 years, 351 days.
The majority of the cohort have come through the Roar’s two-star Academy, which under the new FFA system is designed to increase the opportunities for young players by providing greater exposure to high-quality, accredited coaches and a challenging football environment.
Following its establishment in 2018, the BRFC Academy is now entering it’s second season after last month’s after the 2019 NPL Queensland season kicked off last month. Six Academy squads compete in competitions an age group higher than their own, from U14 through to Men’s.
Our BRFC Academy sides are back in action in just under a fortnight’s time when they make the trip down the M1 to face Gold Coast Knights at the Croatian Sports Centre on April 27 & 28.