Why Jets' first call was to Green

Stephen Green on his Jets' debut at Strikers this week. Picture Albert Perez


He's a "natural footballer" says Piddick

 

WHEN attacking midfielder Daniel Clark joined Hume City last week, Jets’ coach Adam Piddick already a replacement number 10 in mind.

Piddick’s first call was to Stephen Green, 20, a regular in Loganholme’s top side, who will tonight swap Brisbane’s Premier League for the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland.

Green is in Jets’ table-topping squad flying to Townsville today to face sixth-placed Northern Fury (7pm).

“I’ve known Stephen since he was 13,” said Piddick, “I coached his team at Loganholme. Matt Capelo was also in it and Jackson Hall joined in the under 16s.

“I actually approached him about joining us at the start of this year - and again when this chance came up.

“I said to him, before I approach anyone else, are you interested?”

Green, who is in his second year studying for a Bachelor of Engineering at QUT, was - but did not rush his decision.

“I’d been at Logan for six years and wanted to think about it for a while before deciding if it would be best for my career,’’ he explained.

Green made his debut in the Westfield FFA Cup tie at Brisbane Strikers on Wednesday night, ironically as a first-half replacement for Jackson Hall.

“The boys made the transition quite easy for me,” he said, “but I’ve still work to do, figuring out exactly how the team plays.

“It (the FFA Cup tie) was certainly a lot quicker, more technical and more flowing as a game. There were fewer stops.’’

But Piddick is confident his new signing will adapt. “Stephen can play anywhere,” he said, “he’s a natural footballer, but different to Clarky.

“Clarky is more technical. Stephen is a runner, gets on the end of a ball, works really hard.’’

Green has scored three times for Loganholme this season, including one against Albany Creek Excelsior in a 3-2 victory at Brendale, last month.

“I think I’m quite flexible as a player,” said Green, “but my priority now is trying to get in the starting team for Moreton Bay United.”