Whitney aiming for strong NPL finish


20-year-old central midfielder Calvin Whitney believes a top half finish is very much achievable for the Glory NPL side, with consistency in the final third the key to unlocking their potential.

The young side have somewhat struggled to find the back of the net at times this season, but Whitney is confident that improvements are just around the corner.

“We have a very good defensive game plan,” the NTC product stated.

“Defence plays a strong role in our team, if we get our attacking a bit better, we can score more goals and win games.”

Despite sitting 10th in the 12 team competition, Glory has performed admirably throughout the first half of the season. Despite falling to PS4 NPLWA Champions Bayswater on the weekend, Glory were impressive in overcoming Stirling Lions 1-0 the weekend before.

Whitney noted that the strong relationship between senior and youth players has been massive for the squad, with the pros preaching valuable lessons.

“It gives me good encouragement,” the Belmont junior revealed.

“We talk and [they] mentor me if I step up to the first team when I train with them, like being passionate with football, playing football and being confident in myself.”

The Perth born and raised player also believes the first team players who come down to train with the NPL squad gives the side a significant boost.

“They give us goals for sure,” Whitney said.

“We want to be where they are as players, we want to step up to their level to make a career for ourselves like they have,” he added.

Whitney boasts an impressive range of passing, a trait he has developed from watching his favourite players growing up.

“My number one favourite player when I was a kid was David Beckham,” said Whitney.

“I’ve always looked up to him but if I was to be any player it would be Iniesta,” he added.

Whitney will be looking to provide the service for attacking stars Kosta Petratos, Joe Knowles and Nikola Talimdzioski to help see the side achieve a top five finish this season.