Freke relishing A-League opportunity


Macklin Freke says he could hardly contain his excitement after making his A-League debut in last Wednesday night’s win away against the Jets.

Freke, who has been involved in the club’s youth ranks for a number of years, made his maiden appearance between the posts in the top tier last Wednesday night, making a number of crucial saves as the Roar secured three points in his first outing.

“It was a long time coming – a lot of hard work, sleepless nights and a lot of grinding but it all pays off once you get there,” Freke said.

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“I was buzzing, ecstatic and I’m proud of the journey.


“It would have been good to keep a clean sheet, but three points is all that matters from a team perspective.”

After first trialling for the Young Roar squad in 2014 as a teenager, the 23-year-old has been heavily involved n the youth set-up since, featuring for a number of season’s as the Young Roar’s #1 goalkeeper, including in the 2017/18 Foxtel Y-League Championship win.

Now promoted in to the Club’s A-League squad, and called upon early in the season following a training injury to Jamie Young, Freke is relishing a long-awaited opportunity – made easier by a team full of leaders ahead of him.

“Tom [Aldred] & Macca [Macaulay Gillesphey] were massive the other night, absolutely eating up anything that came into the box in the air. Even further up the field with the likes of Jay [O’Shea] and Scott [McDonald], there’s always an outlet – they’re great leaders and it made it a lot easier having them in front of me.”


After two straight games on the road and a five-week layoff between home fixtures, the chance to play on home turf in front of his friends and family is one Freke simply can’t wait for.

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“I can’t wait to get out in front of the fans, my friends and family. Adelaide Unted is always a bit of spicy game as well, there’s a good bit of rivalry there so we’re expecting a good, intense game,” Freke added.

“In front of the home fans, at Dolphin, with a good atmosphere, I really can’t wait.”