It’s been a slightly disjointed season for Brandon Wilson who had made nine starts for Glory before spending much of last month away on international duty with the Australia Under-23 side.
But the 21-year-old is very much back on board now and having returned to Hyundai A-League action with an appearance off the bench against Western Sydney in Round 18, is desperate to reclaim a starting berth in midfield.
“Obviously it’s disappointing not to be starting, but it’s understandable as I’ve been away,’ he said.
“Now we’ve got this blank weekend coming up which is unusual and although it’s always nice to have a break for both the legs and the head, you miss football and always want to play.
“I just want to force my way back in and do my bit to drive us towards the finals. I’m still really confident we can turn the season around.”
Unfortunately for the ex-Burnley man, his best efforts were not enough to help Australia progress beyond the group stage of the AFC Under-23 Championship which was held in China.
Despite that disappointment, however, he enjoyed the trip.
“Overall it was a great experience,” he said. “It was great to get away and play with the best players of my age in the country and get to know them better.
“We have great coaches in the set-up and I learned a lot from them.
“Off the pitch, I spent the most time with Nick Cowburn, Aiden O’Neill and Daniel Nizic. Keanu Baccus was my roommate and he was great to hang out with as well.
“We managed to get out and about a bit in Shanghai and it was really interesting how you can go from the super-modern part of the city to old-style China just by turning a couple of corners.
“We spent a bit of time in old Chinatown which sounds crazy as it’s in China, but that’s what it’s called!”
Jake Brimmer is another of Wilson’s closest mates in the game, but unfortunately, it appears that the former Liverpool youth player is doing it pretty tough right now.
“Brimms is devastated that he didn’t get the nod to represent Glory in the new e-League,” revealed Wilson.
“He plays FIFA non-stop and can’t believe that he didn’t even feature in the draft, especially as Mitch Austin is playing on behalf of Victory.
“I’m pretty sure I saw some teardrops on his PS4 the other day!”