Good Named For Young Socceroos Camp

Melbourne Heart FC defender Curtis Good has been named in the Qantas Young Socceroos squad for a training camp in Brisbane starting Friday.

Melbourne Heart FC defender Curtis Good has been named in the Qantas Young Socceroos squad for a training camp in Brisbane starting Friday.

Good-s selection continues a breakthrough 2012 for the 19-year old, who spent two weeks with English Premier League side Newcastle United in April, sufficiently impressing the Magpies coaching staff to earn an extension to his initial 10-day trial.

Selecting a 23-man squad, Head Coach Paul Okon said he is looking forward to working with this group of players for the first time.

“This camp will be very useful to get an idea on the fitness levels of each of the players,” said Okon.

“This knowledge is important to know as we will be playing every second day in Indonesia at the U-22 qualifiers and it will be quite demanding on the players in the hot and humid conditions.

“These are the first steps in what are going to be a very important six months in the lead up to the World Cup qualifiers.

“Everything we do now is geared towards preparing for this qualification campaign,” concluded Okon.

The Qantas Young Socceroos will attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier between the Qantas Socceroos and Japan on Tuesday 12 June and will play a friendly match against the Brisbane Strikers on Wednesday 13 June at Perry Park (Kick-Off 7pm).

Following this training camp, and as part of their preparations for the AFC U-19 Championships, the Qantas Young Socceroos will represent Australia at the AFC U-22 Qualification Tournament which will be held in Indonesia in July of this year.

The Qantas Young Socceroos will then compete at the AFC U-19 Championships in the UAE in November, which will also serve as the qualifiers for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in Turkey next June/ July.