Wil Edmiston this week reflected on 2020 and said it was “definitely one of the best of my career, so far”.
The 19-year-old started this season with the Under 20s before earning promotion to the Jets’ NPL Men’s side in early August.
Since then Wil has made his playing debut, starting debut, scored his first senior goal and had his first senior booking, first Jets’ man-of-the-match and made his first NPL Team of the Week!
It has been an amazing 14 weeks for the midfielder who came up through the juniors at Moreton Bay United and surprises no-one now when named in the starting side.
And the great news is there are more talented young players following Wil with Danny Champness and Zach Kierpal currently leading the way.
“I’d be pretty stoked if I got a chance to start on Sunday,” he said of Jets’ clash with Brisbane Roar at Wolter Park, kick-off 5pm. “Last game of the season, I’d be happy. I didn’t think I’d start this many matches this year.
“I just want to play for this club. That’s my goal. I’ve been here since the under 12s and my aim has always been to play for the top team at Moreton Bay United.
“So, this has definitely been one of my best seasons, getting a break into the top team. It’s right up there with winning the Under 15s Premiership (in 2016). Right up there.”
Being Jets’ man of the match in last week’s dramatic win over Brisbane City was “pretty exciting” said Wil, whose tackle started the move for the 94th-minute winner.
“I really just wanted to get the result,” he said, “I was told to just go out and give everything, show what we are all about.
“Playing alongside Alex Janovsky is great. He’s very experienced, always helps me whenever I go on the pitch. He was screaming at me at times, but it’s good knowing where I have to go and what I have to do.
“I think I’m adjusting to the speed, but there’s still some improvements to make. Actually, I still think I’ve got a long way to go.”
Jets will finish in fifth place on the ladder in 2020, equal to their 2014 position. Twelve months later they did the Premiership/Grand Final double! Next season may be months off but Wil reckons Jets should be aiming for the top four and the finals.
Jets’ NPL Qld finishing positions:
2013 – 6th
2014 – 5th
2015 - 1st
2016 – 7th
2017 – 4th
2018 – 4th
2019 – 11th
2020 – 5th