Xander's ACE challenge

Xander's ACE challenge

Keeper wants senior match time

GOALKEEPER Xander Gwynn-Jones has joined Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) with his own targets – and a challenge from coach Pouria Nabi.

Gwynn-Jones, 20, played nine games for Moreton Bay United Under 20s last season, and was on the bench four times for the senior NPL side.

“I want game time, so I made the switch because that seems the best move for me and I’ll get most game time out of it,” said Gwynn-Jones.

“It’s senior level I’m striving to get to. For a goalkeeper it is essential to develop through match time.

“I have no guarantees. I’ll just work as hard as I can to break through in to the top team.

“I hope it (signing for ACE) will help me develop as a player, to make the right decisions in games.

“It’s all good doing that in training, but game time matters. If you are not comfortable in games there’s no point continuing.”

That should provide the competition for a first-team place, which Pouria is seeking.

“I told him (Gwynn-Jones) if you want to come to ACE and be a reserve team goalkeeper, I recommend you don’t come here,” said the head coach.

“I’m looking for a young goalkeeper with big potential and expect him to push and challenge my first-team goalkeeper.

“I said if you think you can play for first team and I think you can, I’ll say here have a go.

“I said he needs to use ACE and the BPL competition as a bridge to get back to the NPL and prove his ability as a goalkeeper to NPL clubs.

“Xander is a hard worker, great shot stopper, physically great as a keeper. If he can improve more generally, he can be a really great goalkeeper in the future.”

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