Brisbane Roar defender Jack Hingert wants to cement his spot in the starting line-up for the rest of the season following his impressive start to the club’s A-League campaign.
Roar sit top of the A-League table after seven rounds and Hingert has started at right full back in every fixture so far this season.
The 23 year old’s run of seven straight starts is his best since joining Roar from North Queensland Fury in 2011, and Hingert said his aim was to make the position his own for the rest of the season.
“I think this is for me the best start I’ve had to a season in terms of playing every week,” Hingert said.
“I’ve played every game so far and hopefully I stay injury free and I keep improving and I can keep my spot. I’d love to play every game this season.”
Hingert said he had to be patient awaiting regular opportunities in the Roar starting eleven, with Socceroos right back Ivan Franjic previously occupying his preferred position.
However, following Franjic’s switch to right wing this season, Hingert is now seeking to build upon his strong early season performances in the Roar backline.
“This is my third year here now, the last two years I’ve sort of been in and out and now this is my opportunity,” he explained.
“Mike’s given me the opportunity to try and cement my spot and that’s what I’ going to try to do.
“It’s been a big thing for me to try and get more and more game time each year and this year I’m hoping to play every week.”
Hingert spent two seasons at Fury before joining Roar, and he said the differences in approach between the two clubs were marked.
“I think Brisbane Roar, in terms of the whole club, is obviously a lot more organised and more professional than it was at the Fury.
“I did enjoy my time at the Fury, it was obviously a great place for me to start my career.
“But coming to Brisbane Roar you can just see the difference with the professionalism, just how well organised everything is in terms of the coaching and the boys here – it’s just another level.
“You can see the difference in terms of where (Fury) sat in the league compared to where (Roar) sit now – it’s a big difference.”
Hingert keeps in contact with many former Fury players and was disappointed that former teammate, and current Perth Glory player, Isaka Cernak wouldn’t be available for this weekend’s clash between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium.
“Isaka’s obviously hasn’t played yet (this season), he’s just coming back from his injury,” Hingert explained.
“It’s a shame, if he was playing maybe I could’ve played against him. It would’ve been a good one.”