KRISTIAN Brymora looks, talks and plays like a seasoned A-League player.
It’s the reason Clayton Zane has absolute confidence that the 17-year-old will make the transition from youth team to the senior squad.
What’s more the former Socceroo expects the striker to play, and possibly start, this season.
Brymora inked his first professional contract on Wednesday. On Thursday the St Paul’s, Booragul, school captain will attend his graduation ceremony, his first Higher School Certificate exam is on October 13, 10 days shy of his 18th birthday.
“Since I was a little boy I have wanted to be a professional footballer,” Brymora said. “I have always been a Jets fan. I looked up to Joel Griffiths and that generation of player and used to go to games with my dad. To be here is a surreal feeling and being able to run around with this calibre of players, my inspirations, is something I never thought I would do.”
Although a youth team player, Brymora has been training with the senior squad for the majority of the pre-season. He made his first team debut off the bench in the FFA Cup, toured with the team to China and featured in the past two friendlies, scoring a goal in the 4-0 rout of Melbourne City.
Zane, who has taken the reins since the sacking of Scott Miller, made his debut up front for the Newcastle Breakers at age 17, and went on to forge a successful career in Europe, highlighted by 14 caps for the Socceroos.
“He will definitely get minutes throughout the year,” Zane said. “He has all the attributes to be a success – a physical presence, speed of making forward runs and is a real threat around the goalmouth. He didn’t look out of place against Melbourne City. Being able to match it week-after-week at NPL level shows that he can produce against men. There will be ups and downs, like there is with every 17 year old. There is always risks when you put them in a team but definitely as an impact player, and don’t be surprised if he is knocking on the door for a few starts.”
Brymora is the third under-20 player on the roster alongside Ivan Vujica and Daniel Alessi, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
A Warners Bay Panthers junior, Brymora is the first player to follow the path from the Emerging Jets to the youth system and on to the A-League.
“Coming to an environment like this was always a dream,” he said. “It was tough at first. My nerves got to me a little bit. I eased myself in and started to work hard. I want to learn as much as I can from the likes of Morten Nordstrand and Aleksandr Kokko. I roomed with Morten in Melbourne which was great.”
Next for Brymora, who scored 14 goals for the youth team in the Northern NSW NPL, and the Jets are Western Sydney at Cessnock on Saturday.
Kokko trained strongly on Wednesday and Zane confirmed that he will “definitely get some minutes”.