More Academy youngsters eye international glory


Another three PGFC Academy players are in contention to represent Australia on the international stage.

Bryce Bafford, Jackson Lee and Kristian Popovic have been selected for a Young Socceroos training camp which will get underway at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra later this month.

Head Coach Gary van Egmond will run the rule over 30 players during the week-long camp before selecting his final squad of 23 for next month’s 2019 AFF U-18 Championship in Vietnam.

The Young Socceroos have been drawn in Group B of the competition where they will face the hosts, along with Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

“The next month represents an exciting opportunity for all the players that have been selected,” said van Egmond.

“Our camp in Canberra combined with the 2019 AFF U-18 Championship in Vietnam represents the start of our process to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2021.”

Goalkeeper Lee and attacking midfielder Bafford have both featured regularly for Glory in the NPL WA this year, as has Popovic who also made his Hyundai A-League debut against Sydney FC in the penultimate round of last season.

And Glory Football Director Jacob Burns is delighted to see yet more of the club’s two-star Academy players pressing for international honours.

“The selection of Jackson, Bryce and Kristian for this camp is another testament to the strength in depth that we have in our two-star PGFC Academy,” he said.

“Daniel and Nick Walsh, along with Trent Ostler, have just been away with the Joeys, Sebastian Gomez, Joshua Rawlins and Aiki Tsukamoto have all been named in the Australia Under-15 squad for the upcoming 2019 AFF U-15 Championship and there are many others who are on the brink of making national squads in the various age groups.

“The Academy is in a great place at the moment and these selections reflect well upon our players and coaches alike.”