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Chris Grossmann says his Brisbane Roar Youth side are relishing a rematch with NPL Queensland heavyweights Lions FC in another test of the team’s top four credentials.
Young Roar head to Richlands on Sunday in search of their 10th victory of the season and first at Lions Stadium, having earned a 2-2 draw there in a thrilling encounter in March.
Following a fortnight free from match action, the boys are eager to get out and prove the full extent of their development against the reigning Champions.
“The boys are ready,” Grossmann said. “We’re in a really good spot, we’re excited. If you’re not up for games against Lions, at Lions, it’s hard to get up for anything.
“They’ve been the pinnacle for quite a while and if we want to be in the top four at the end of the year, like we said we wanted to be, we need to beat teams like Lions who have been there for long periods.
“It’s going to be a good test, I’m looking forward to it, and I know the boys are as well. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”
The prospect of places in pre-season training with Warren Moon’s A-League squad alongside potential FFA Cup minutes only adds to the performance incentives for Grossmann’s group.
That could also lead to regular spots opening up in Young Roar’s starting XI for the likes of Sam Klein – who scored his first senior goal in the 5-0 win over Eastern Suburbs last time out – and other younger Academy prospects who have had to juggle multiple commitments.
“They’ve all had that school football exposure which meant, coming in to our games, they had played 80 minutes of football,” Grossmann explained.
“We wanted to make sure they were fit, healthy and in a really good space to be able to perform.
“Sam did that last weekend. I’m tremendously proud of him. Luke Broderick is another one who has played in patches and could get an opportunity. He understands it, he’s really good around the group, and there are three or four other boys who fall into that picture as well.
“I’m really excited by the group we’ve got and I think we can continue to do good things regardless of who gets rested or isn’t available.
“That’s what the Academy is for and they’re excited to get an opportunity, which I’m sure will come in the second half of the season.”
NPL Queensland Men’s Round 16
Brisbane Roar Youth vs Lions FC
Sunday, 11 July
Lions Stadium, Richlands