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Jul 25, 2018   |  10:00PM AET

Young Roar thriving under NPL pressure

Young Roar thriving under NPL pressure

The National Premier Leagues Queensland enters Round 22 this weekend and the Young Roar are ready to finish the final four weeks of season 2018 in a positive fashion.

With a busy August schedule ahead, confidence is high as North Queensland United travels to the Logan Metro Sports Park on Saturday night (7pm KO).

Coming away from their last meeting with North Queensland as 4-1 victors, the Young Roar are eyeing a potential double with the help of crucial pre-season experience with Brisbane’s Hyundai A-League side.

Young Roar winger Lleyton Brooks, who is one of many youngsters currently training alongside the Hyundai A-League squad in pre-season, says that the recent run of good results has given the NPL QLD squad the confidence to perform in a busy month ahead.

“It’s always great to play in front of our home fans. The team is working hard, and together we are building confidence. We will continue to push each other so that we perform at a high level,” Brooks said.

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The Young Roar are no strangers to the physicality of the National Premier Leagues competition, which Brooks says helps the team grow under pressure.

“Pressure is a good learning curve for our young players. We are always competing to be the best we can be, and the physicality of the season has helped us get the best out of our game,” Brooks continued.

“It’s not going to be an easy game (against North Queensland), none of our games ever are. They are a strong and physical side that is hoping to avoid relegation, so they will come at us with everything.”

As the side enters the final month of season 2018, Brooks says the Young Roar must make the most of their opportunities in training with the first team.

“I’m really enjoying my step up to the Hyundai A-League side, the training is making me quicker and stronger every session and I feel fitter than I ever have,” Brooks added.

“I want to learn and adapt. The opportunity to train with the senior squad helps my development and I want to make every opportunity I get count.”

BRFC Academy fixtures – Saturday, 28 July 

3:00pm BRFC U16 v BRFC U18

5:00pm BRFC U14 v BRFC U15

7:00pm Young Roar v North Queensland United