Asmir Kadric has enjoyed a strong debut campaign with Bonnyrigg White Eagles, but the youngster is hungry for more as the season enters the business end.
Kadric joined the reigning PlayStation4® National Premier Leagues New South Wales Men’s champions from Macarthur Rams last season and his 10 appearances for the club are just reward for a player growing in stature and confidence under coach Brian "Bomber" Brown and now he wants to help make his mark on the finals.
"I’ve learned a lot under ‘Bomber’, I enjoy training and playing with this team," Kadric said.
"Everyone looks out for one another so it’s been a good first season."
Rockdale City Suns FC await in the Elimination Semi Final and Kadric said he and his team-mates were relieved to be heading into the fixture on the back of two crucial wins against Hakoah Sydney City East (5-2) and Wollongong Wolves FC (2-0)
Prior to that, the White Eagles had gone seven games without a win, including a big 4-2 loss to premiers Sydney United 58 FC and a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Sutherland Sharks.
The winless run put Bonnyrigg’s finals participation in some doubt, but Kadric said even at the lowest point of their form dip, no one at the White Eagles had given up hope of finals football and potential back-to-back championships.
"We were just saying not to give up, we’ve got this. The poor form does not matter," Kadric said.
"We always believed we could make the top five and that’s what we did.
"Hopefully it pays off."
Bonnyrigg White Eagles are perhaps the division’s most consistent finals performers in recent memories.
Last season they came from a third-place finish to win the championship against heavy favourites Blacktown City FC, and while a large squad turnover has obviously effected their consistency this season, they remain a force to be reckoned with as the season draws to a close.
But Kadric insists coach Brown is keeping a lid on things and is not piling too much expectation on his squad – particularly with the team going strong in the Westfield FFA Cup as well.
After Saturday’s Elimination Semi Final at Lily’s Football Centre on Saturday, Bonnyrigg’s attention will turn to another trip out to Seven Hills for an Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Blacktown.
Rockdale City star Trent McClenahan suggested that the occasion might weigh on Bonnyrigg’s players but Kadric says there is no danger of his team not taking their PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 finals commitments seriously.
"It is a very exciting time for us, but we have to just focus on one game at a time," Kadric said.
"We are not even thinking about that yet. When next week comes then we will focus on that.
"For now we are just worrying about finals and Rockdale City Suns."
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Round 1 Finals Series Details
Elimination Semi Final
Saturday 20 August 2016
Lily’s Football Centre
Rockdale City Suns v Bonnyrigg White Eagles 7:00pm
-By Matt Galea