Collard blazes trail for indigenous kids


Jacob Collard will push for a full Glory contract for next season.
Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d448930
Jacob Collard will push for a full Glory contract for next season. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d448930

The Canning Vale resident said he had always wanted to play football at this level ever since he was a four-year-old playing for the Gosnells Soccer Club.

Collard made his A-League debut on January 9 when he started at home against Adelaide United.

The 20-year-old said he always had ambitions to play for Glory, but he also wanted to inspire young kids and encourage indigenous kids to try soccer.

“I have done some mentoring sessions with Aboriginal kids and coached some of the kids at the Save the Children around Armadale,” he said.

“For me, the bigger picture is to give indigenous kids more confidence to try new things, even it is a sport like badminton or soccer.”

Collard was given an opportunity to play for the Glory after captain Michael Thwaite was injured.

The backline at the club has a young feel about it, with Aryn Williams (22) and Marc Warren (22) also recently finding their way into the side, along with Josh Risdon (23).

Collard has put his plumbing career on hold for the time-being and is hoping to win a full-time contract to the Glory next year.

“It is unbelievable; ever since I was four years old I wanted to play for the Perth Glory,” he said.

“Ever since I was a kid I used to watch Perth Glory back in the NSL (National Soccer League) days and to actually be on the stage showing what you are worth is an absolute dream come true.”

Collard said the key to him getting a contract was to keep working on his game and get better at every training session.

“At the end of the day you are only going to play if you are better than the guy next to you,” he said.