Roar legend's advice to Jets


Former Roar captain Matt Smith, centre front row in blue top, at a Moreton Bay United coaching clinic last season.


Don't change what you have been doing
all season - says Matt Smith

EX-Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith has simple advice for the Moreton Bay United and Brisbane Strikers teams ahead of the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland title deciders on Saturday.


Jets travel to South West Queensland Thunder for a 5pm kick-off, with Strikers hosting Northern Fury and hour later. Both sides have 46 points, but Jets are top with a two-goal better goal difference.


“Don't think about anything else apart from the job (ahead),” said Smith, who played for Strikers and has coached at Moreton Bay United. “Don't change the things they've been doing all season. 


“There is pressure for both teams regardless of the kick off times. But I think it's important that the teams don't focus on that and more on ensuring they perform well and get their respective jobs done.


“The team that can prepare and handle the pressure the best will come out on top.” 


Smith, now starring for Bangkok Glass in the Thai Premier League, said comparing the sides was difficult.


“(There are) so many contrasting differences to answer quickly. They both have their own uniqueness and strengths and weaknesses,” he said


“The obvious statement is what the club(s) are doing off the field appears to be working well on the field.” 


But the man who won three grand finals with Roar, two as captain, had praise for Jets, being so close to the title less than three years after their first match.


“It is a fantastic achievement for any club to be in that position,” said Smith, “it illustrates all the hard work put in by the players, coaching and support staff. 

“I have witnessed at first-hand the amount of work that has gone into the club, so I guess I'm not surprised because they are benefiting from work done previously and now.”


Despite being based overseas, Smith keeps “tabs” on the NPL Queensland. “I try, as much as possible, to follow all the teams in Brisbane,” he said.


“I have a lot of friends that play in different leagues and I am always keen to keep an eye on how they are doing. The highlights packages are always a good way to keep tabs on the teams and players.


“I think the NPL competition across the country is building as a fantastic league and standard as a platform to progress to the A-League.


“There are, without any doubt, some players in the NPL that, if given the opportunity, could step up into the A-League. The question is whether or not there is an opportunity.”