RHYS Bradbury wants to make a starting spot in Albury United’s senior team his own and will start by making a statement against his old club at Glen Park tomorrow.
The 17-year-old shifted from Boomers to Jelbart Park last year and was one of the green machine’s best in a season ravaged by injuries.
Bradbury expects to fill a left back role with a licence to roam from coach Adam Carty.
“Making the move was the right decision for my game,” he said.
“United have so many experienced players in the squad and all are willing to share their knowledge and offer their support.
“Last year wasn’t a great year by the club’s standards but as an individual I learned a lot and I think have grown as a player.
“The first few games in seniors was tough — it was more physical and a lot faster than I expected.
“I’m not overly big but I have plenty of pace and I’ll play a little like a left winger and get forward at every opportunity I can.”
Tomorrow is United’s first game of the year — two byes in the opening rounds confining them to the sidelines.
The green machine have been bolstered by the addition of off season recruits Sam Graetz and Shane Anderson, while Simon Flower has also returned to the club.
”We have all been going and watching the twos and getting itchy feet,” Bradbury said.
“It is going to be tough going into the game when they already have two matched under their belt and with Graetz and Caleb Martin still out through suspension.
“It is always hard to know where you stand before the season start but we were pretty happy with the way we played in the Andronicos Cup.
“The new players have adapted well and I think we will give the competition a real shake.”
Boomers will go into the game having won their first two matches including the tough road trip to Myrtleford.
Last year’s club best and fairest Melkie Woldemichael is also expected to make his return to the park for Boomers in the reserves.