Roberts signs on for 2018

Forrestfield United would like to welcome striker Callum Roberts to the club after the 27-year-old signed from Canning City for the 2018 season. Roberts is looking forward to the new challenge and joining up with his former Coach Rod Banjac. “I’m really looking forward to a new challenge with a young, fit and sharp squad here at Forrestfield,” he said. “Rod is a coach that never stops working and will give his side every possibility there is on and off the park to beat there opposition which excites me. His attacking mind frame gets any attacking player excited to work with him which was a big part in my decision.”

Roberts started off at Future Glory, Fremantle City then moved on to Floreat Athena, then to Western Knights and Balcatta. But he then had one and half seasons off due to an injury, but returned to football at Canning, and had two and half seasons.  He has been working away, but had a firsthand view as Forrestfield powered to the NPL. “I’m only working away until Xmas, so a fresh start in the New Year with the boys should have me raring to go come February,” he explained. “Forrestfield last season were very sharp. I can fit in with my speed and sharpness up top, once fully fit, and provide a slightly older and experienced head in a tough NPL.”

Banjac said Roberts is a good signing and is looking forward to working with him again. “Back in the day I coached Callum for two and a half years in the Future Glory Junior Development Program when he was considered to be one of the most outstanding talents of his generation,” he explained. “It is no secret that in the last couple of years we talked about him joining me at Forrestfield but the timing had to be right and now it is. Unfortunately as good as he may be during his senior years in my opinion he never got anywhere near his potential as the circumstances weren’t in his favour.

“But our experienced and well established coaching staff is very excited about him calling Hartfield Park home and are determined to get him in the best possible mental and physical shape for the coming season. And once this objective is achieved Football of WA will have the opportunity to see a special player in action. Callum is a team player, very athletic, agile and fast, has all the attributes of a first class striker but it is his ability to find back of the net on regular basis as well as his competitive spirit and a desire to win that makes him stand out.”

Roberts is well aware of the challenge Forrie are up against as the new boys on the block, but has been impressed in pre-season and is ready for the tough task ahead. “Yes it will be tough but with Rod, Terry Brown and Bobby Despotovski at the helm, I have no doubt they’ll fit in easy into this league and be no “pushover” whatsoever,” he said. “What Rod has in his sights for FUSC in 2018 has got me excited and looking forward to playing under him and the other coaches and lighting up the NPL.” – Welcome on board Callum.