Andrew Hoole says getting his first taste of A-League action this season has made him determined for more in 2013/14.
Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets National Youth League Player of the Year Andrew Hoole says getting his first taste of A-League action this season has made him even hungrier to be a regular in the Jets first team in 2013/14.
Hoole capped an outstanding season by receiving his second consecutive NYL Player of the Year award last week.
The 19-year-old-s stellar performances for the Jets youth team saw him elevated to the Jets- first team towards the back end of the season. He made his A-League debut against Brisbane Roar at Hunter Stadium in Round 16.
From there, Hoole went on to play eight A-League matches for the Jets, earning himself a one-year deal for the 2013/14 season, his first professional contract.
The Broadmeadow Magic product said he is hoping to use this season just gone as a building block for next year.
“I-m really happy with how I went this year, especially making the step up to the A-League,” Hoole said.
“It was a tough year for me personally to make that transition and obviously a lot of hard work went into it and thankfully I was rewarded with the benefits of it.
“For next year hopefully I can get in the 16-man squad each week and do my best I guess.”
Hoole said he hadn-t expected to have an opportunity to play for the Jets in the A-League so soon, but relished every moment of his first season in the top flight.
“I was hoping I might get a chance to play A-League later on in the season or maybe even next year,” Hoole said.
“Once I was given the chance in the A-League this year, I wasn-t too focused on starting every game because that-s a hard thing for a youth team player to do.
“I wasn-t sure whether it would come sooner or later, but once I got the chance I was really happy to try and take it with open arms and do the best that I could.”