Brisbane Roar youngster Ben Litfin is confident he will be ready to make an impact if and when the opportunity presents in his first A-league campaign.
Promoted to the senior squad after impressing with Roar’s National Youth League side last year, Litfin admitted he would spend much of the season learning from his more experienced teammates in a squad player role.
“It’s really exciting because we have such a great squad this season and I’m really grateful to be a part of it,” Litfin enthused.
“It’s so amazing. I’m in such a lucky position. I have so many great mentors in midfield, and even in other positions, there’s so many players I can learn from.”
“The main focus is trying to train as well as I can each week and just try and get a game with the first team,” the former Musgrave junior said.
“If I get out there I’m always going to be willing to do as a good as I possibly can. I work as hard as I can and I will always try my hardest and hopefully that’s enough.”
Litfin first came to the attention of many Queensland football fans at Gold Coast United, where he worked under the current Roar boss in United’s title-winning National Youth League side.
“I went through the system at QAS and then won a training contract with Mike Mulvey’s youth team,” Litfin explained.
However, following the collapse of Gold Coast United at the end of the 2011 season, Litfin had to start again on the pathway to professional football, “I had another season with QAS and then I was at Brisbane Roar youth team last season, which has lead to here.”
Litfin has proved promising in a central midfield role despite limited opportunities during Roar’s pre-season preparations, combining with fellow young gun Kwame Yeboah to net a goal in the team’s final run against NPL Queensland Premiers Olympic FC a fortnight ago.
“They don’t come around often, so when they do it’s a really good feeling,” Litfin said of his first half strike.
“If I get a goal (in the A-League) that would be even better, but my main focus is do as good as I can and try and get an appearance.”
Litfin joins Yeboah, defenders Corey Brown and James Donachie, and goalkeeper Matt Acton as previous Roar National Youth League players who have progressed to the seniors in recent seasons.
Brisbane Roar open their A-League season against Wellington Phoenix this Sunday at Westpac Stadium in the New Zealand capital.