IT took just one day as a Perth Glory player for Daniel Stynes to taste both the excitement and the frustration professional sport can produce for an athlete.
The 19-year-old Tapping resident was thrilled to have signed his first A-League contract with the club in late September only to suffer a three-month hamstring injury on the same day.
Stynes was crossing balls into the box at the end of training when he tore a tendon in his left leg.
“It just went on me… it’s a very hard one to take,” he said. “One minute you’re on top of the world earning a contract, the next minute you’re on the sidelines.
“But that’s football so you’ve just got to come back stronger from it.”
As the squad’s youngest member, he said the coaching staff had rallied around him as he worked to keep sharp in spite of the injury.
“They just said ‘these things happen, you’ve just got to look at the bigger picture and focus on working the other parts of your body’,” he explained.
Stynes hoped to offer an injection of energy off the bench when he was fit to play.
He captained Glory’s youth side in the NPL WA competition last season having spent four years with the team.
The teenager provides Perth an attacking midfield or wing option.
“I wasn’t expecting a starting role any time soon… just learn from the first team players and if someone gets injured or something like that, then come in and do my job,” he said.
The ECU Joondalup and Quinns product had trained with the senior squad since he was 16 and had a good feeling about a possible contract this year having been given more time in pre-season matches.
A stint at an international club remains his ultimate goal.
His signing continues a strong showing of ECU Joondalup talent at Perth Glory.
Fellow youth squad product Joe Knowles also signed for his first season, while Alex Grant, Shane Lowry, Adam Taggart and Brandon Wilson complete an impressive list of former Jacks.
Perth plays its first game of the season against Western Sydney away on Sunday.