Career landmark for Jets star


Thomas Mendy fleaves the Brisbane Roar Youth team defence in his wake. Picture: Albert Perez

Mendy primed for his first grand final 


JETS' flying Frenchman Thomas Mendy has played professionally in France, Bulgaria and Romania, but this weekend he will chalk up a career first.

Despite playing in Europe, the 25-year-old Moreton Bay United forward has never played in a grand final.

That will change at 5pm on Sunday when Mendy and the Jets walk out of the Wolter Park tunnel beside Brisbane Strikers for the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland season finale.

“It’s different here, obviously, from the leagues in England and Europe. They do not have grand finals, so this is my first,” said Mendy.

“It’s going to be great. I heard from my team-mates the grand final here in Australia is something special, so we’ll see what happens.

“I feel pretty good, pretty excited, very keen to play this game. We want to show people we deserved to win the league and (we will) do everything we can to win the grand final too.”

Mendy, who has nine goals in 23 games this season and sits ninth on the NPL goal-scoring chart, agreed with statistics and general opinion that there is little separating the sides entering Sunday’s clash.

“There is not much difference,” he said, “both are good teams. Some people think Strikers are better, but to be honest I think we deserved to be champions.

“I think going to be a very tough game and we don’t want to miss a chance. It would be good to score early and not miss a chance.”

And there is no possibility Jets will be thinking any further ahead than the grand final, despite being in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2015 Finals Series.

Jets face Northern New South Wales Premiers Edgeworth Eagles at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre (QSAC) on September 19.

“We’re not thinking any further (ahead) than the grand final,” said Mendy, the Jets’ Players’ Player of the Year last season.

“Only after the grand final will we think about the next finals game.”