PGFC Academy trio Trent Ostler, Daniel Walsh and Aiki Tsukamoto are continuing their involvement with the Australian national set-up this week as they participate in training camps in Canberra.
Joeys Head Coach Trevor Morgan has assembled the Under-17s and Under-15s at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) as an important part of the development of the men’s football pathway.
The U-17 squad, featuring Ostler and Walsh, is in camp from 19 to 22 August, while the Under-15 squad, of which Tsukamoto is a member, will get together from 22 to 25 August.
Morgan feels that all the youngsters will benefit from the opportunity to train and spend time together.
“We want to improve the standard of Australian football and give members of both squads a clear sense of where they sit in the development pathway,” he said.
“This includes inviting four players who represented Australia at the recent 2019 AFF U-15 Championship in Thailand into the U-17 camp to share their experiences and in turn, learn from the older age group.
“The Under-17s have built an exceptional team culture and we are very keen for this to be passed on to the next group coming through. The players realise their responsibility not only to their peers, but to the younger players in the national teams setup.”
The U-17 squad is busy preparing for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 which runs from 26 October to 17 November and next week will head to Leicester in England for another training camp and warm-up matches against the host country, Korea Republic and Brazil.
The U-15 age group, meanwhile, is commencing its path towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2021.
This includes participation at the 2019 AFF U-15 Championship, 2020 AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers (September 2019), and potentially the 2020 AFC U-16 Championship (September-October 2020).