Jacob’s debut a first for Perth Glory

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.

He was given another start a week later but was forced to leave the field in the 63rd minute after receiving a red card.

The 20-year-old has always had ambitions to play for Glory, but he also wants to inspire young kids and encourage indigenous kids to give soccer a go.

“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.”

Injuries to captain Michael Thwaite and backman Alex Grant have given Collard his opportunity.

The backline at the WA-based club has a young feel, 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.

“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,” he said.

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

“I have goals and aspirations to be the best I can be,” he said.