Finn departs with "huge thank you"

 

Finn Beakhurst in action against FNQ Heat in his final NPL Queensland match for Jets, last season.


"Without them I wouldn’t be where I am" - Finn

 

FINN Beakhurst, who was snapped up by Brisbane Roar late last month, has thanked the clubs and key figures behind his move.


The 18-year-old signed a youth contract with the A-League giants and is now two-weeks in to training with his new team-mates.


“I’ve got to say a huge thank you to so many people,” said Beakhurst, “but especially (Jets’ technical director ) Adam (Piddick) and (head coach) Dave (Harris).


“Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. They’ve made me the player I am now.”


Beakhurst trained with the Roar last year, but went through pre-season with Jets, until the Roar called late last month.


“I spoke with Adam,” said Beakhurst, “there was a lot to think about. 


“Moreton Bay United has been so good to me and I knew I was going to have a good season with them. But this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.


“Short term, I’ll work hard and see what I can achieve. Long term, my aim is to be a professional player. There’s a lot of work ahead before that.”


Beakhurst will train with the Roar’s youth team - and occasionally with members of the senior squad - and play in the NPL Queensland competition.


That includes a return trip to Wolter Park on March 11. “It will be weird going back in the away team room,” admitted Beakhurst.


“This is a step up, but there’s a lot of quality at Moreton Bay United which has set me up well and hopefully will make this transition easier.” 


Beakhurst joined MBU Under 15s in 2013 at the start of the NPL Queensland - after three seasons at ACE - and made his senior debut in 2015, against Blacktown in the National Premier Leagues Finals in Sydney.


He figured in 17 senior men’s games last season, scoring once and played for the NPL Queensland Select Side against Brisbane Roar in September.


Beakhurst also scored on his final MBU appearance, a 1-0 win over Brisbane City in the Silver Boot Cup on January 25.