Archie's Opinion | How we finish this season will determine how well we start the next

STAY FOCUSED: Archie Thompson said despite Murray United's promotion chances having faded, there is plenty to be achieved in the final six games.

STAY FOCUSED: Archie Thompson said despite Murray United's promotion chances having faded, there is plenty to be achieved in the final six games.

With six games left in our season at Murray United, there is still plenty left to play for, especially the younger players.

We’re going to finish a lot higher than we have in previous seasons, but we’ve got to keep going.

We’ve slipped away a little bit towards the back end of the season after there was a lot of belief promotion was a real chance.

We have been battling to put a squad together due to injuries and a bit of experience tells at the back end of the season.

The teams that tend to do the best are the ones that have been able to keep a a starting 11 together without any injuries.

I’ve trained with Dandenong City over the past couple of weeks and they’re on top of our conference and you can tell the quality when you train with them.

Maybe if we had the quality players we’ve brought in a little earlier and not had as many injuries, we could be really fighting for a one or two position.

There was a period at Melbourne Victory where we played finals, but we were fifth or sixth best and we weren’t looked at as good quality finals material.

Teams that have gone on and done well have always been in that one or two position.

We were not looking like winning anything, but you’ve still got to turn up and fight every week.

You have to represent the jersey with pride.

It’s always been a big thing for me, whenever I pulled a Melbourne Victory shirt on, I knew regardless of where we were sitting on the table, someone is paying their membership and works a nine to five job that wants to come watch and be entertained.

It’s no different at Murray United, people rock up each week and pay their hard-earned money for membership and want to see the team wear the shirt with pride and win.

I’ve been enjoying my football and it’s disappointing we can’t push for promotion at the end of the season, but what we can do is hopefully bring a lot more people along to what we start next season.