NPL WA Preview: Mujic excited by youngsters’ progress

PGFC Academy First Team Coach Ago Mujic is eyeing a bright future for the club as its crop of talented youngsters continues to impress.

With a number of players unavailable for the First Team’s home clash with Inglewood United on Saturday (kick-off at 3pm), several Under-20 representatives are set to be included in the senior ranks.

And with the 20s having won 10 from 10 this term, Mujic has no doubt that they are up to the challenge.

“We’ll be missing a few [players] this weekend due to suspension and sickness, but there will be some guys stepping up from the 20s who have been in excellent form,” he said.

“The club wants to bring the younger players up and get them into the First Team squad because there are a lot of players in that squad they can learn from.

“A lot of our First Team squad played A-League last year and that helps a lot.

“Some of the players coming up are really young, 16 and 17-years-old and they are excellent players with very bright futures ahead of them at the club.

“It’s looking good for the club and I’m very excited to have them with the First Team squad.”

The First Team will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend having been downed by league leaders Bayswater City last time out, but Mujic is expecting eighth-placed Inglewood to provide a stern test.

“We want to go out there and compete and play and get good habits into the boys,” he said.

“Training has been good this week, the boys have prepared well and we’re really looking forward to Saturday.

“We’ve done our homework and had a look at what they [Inglewood] do.

“I’m expecting a hard game against a good team which is well-drilled.

“They are a very experienced team, especially at the back and in midfield and they have some pace up front.

“But we’ll be ready for them and the main focus will be us playing the way we want to play.”

Glory secured a 2-1 victory when the two sides met back in Round 2, with Ciaran Bramwell bagging both goals.

United have claimed maximum points on four occasions thus far this term, the most recent of those wins coming last weekend when they edged out Balcatta Etna 2-1.

Ahead of the First Team game, the Under-18s will get the day’s action underway at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm.

Admission is FREE for Glory Members, so do get along and support the lads if you can.

(picture courtesy of Tom McCarthy)