Jets star had "feeling' for success

Ryota Nakaooka who had a feeling Jets would do well this season. Picture Albert Perez


But Ryota admits national run is a surprise


MORETON Bay United’s remarkable season has not come as a complete surprise to Ryota Nakaooka.

The Japanese midfielder-turned full-back, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Thursday, had a “feeling” his team could be in the mix for honours this year.

Jets already have the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Premiership and Championship trophies in their trophy cabinet.

Now the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues title is in their sights, with Blacktown City standing in their way in Saturday’s semi-final in Sydney.

“This (national) run is surprising me,” said Nakaooka, who has started every Jets match this season.

“But I was feeling at the beginning of the season we had a chance to win the league or make the grand final.

“I haven’t been in a national competition before. This is my first time. But I am not nervous at all - I’m enjoying this.

“Obviously we are not going to change a lot what we have been doing all year.

“Mostly we have been preparing our communication between defence, midfield and attackers. As usual, I think the wide areas will be important.”

Jets’ preparation has focussed on their own game ahead of Saturday’s semi-final which will be played on Blacktown’s all-weather surface.

“I have heard they (Blacktown) are one of the big clubs in Sydney,” said Nakaooka, who played for FC Osaka in Japan from 2010-2012 before joining Brisbane side Rochedale Rovers in 2013 and Jets a year later.

“But reaching the (NPL National) final would be a way for us, the team, to thank our club, the fans and all the kids for their support this year.”