Glory quartet earn Joeys selection for Turkey tournament

PGFC Academy quartet Daniel Bennie, Andriano Lebib, Jaylan Pearman and Corey Sutherland have all been named in the Subway Joeys (Australia U17s) squad which will compete in next month’s four nations U-17 Antalya Youth Cup in Turkey.

The youngsters are set to face Czech Republic, Morocco and Uzbekistan in the tournament which runs from 8 – 18 February and will form a key part part of their preparations for June’s AFC U-17 Asian Cup Thailand 2023.

Joeys Head Coach and former Glory midfielder, Brad Maloney, believes that the tournament is exactly what his young charges need ahead of a challenging few months.

“The Antalya Youth Cup presents an exciting opportunity to pit some of the country’s best emerging footballers against leading opposition from three different continents,” he said.

“To be able to play the likes of Czechia, Morocco, and Uzbekistan within the space of six days presents an ideal learning experience for this squad as we prepare for June’s AFC U-17 Asian Cup and hopefully the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru later this year.”

This will be the first time the Subway Joeys have come together for a camp or tournament since topping their respective Group during the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers held in Shepparton, Victoria, during October 2022.

In addition to their international duties, Bennie, Lebib, Pearman and Sutherland are all expected to feature prominently for the PGFC Academy First Team in this year’s NPL WA.