Jayden Prasad promising to bring goals to Hume City

New Hume City winger Jayden Prasad hopes he can help the club takes its next step towards challenging for silverware in 2017.

The former Brisbane Roar man, who also spent time at Newcastle Jets, says had held ambitions to play in the NPL Victoria competition, with the facilities and coaching staff on offer at Hume City making his decision to move to ABD Stadium and easy one.

“I think the idea of playing in the NPL Victoria attracted me the most,” Prasad said.

“I believe it’s Australia’s best stepping stone to the A-League, and Hume City is one of the best clubs in Melbourne too, so it all worked out just the way I wanted it to.”

“I honestly couldn’t believe the facilities when I first arrived. The setup here is easily better than half the A-league clubs. There is a very professional environment here which sets a good vibe among the group.”

Goals and assists are a vital part to any wingers game, and Prasad is hoping to bring plenty of both to his new club.

“Personally, I am hoping to grow as a player, mentally and physically,” he stated.

“Hume City is a great club for individual growth as a player as shown in the past. The club has incredible facilities and a coaching staff that I believe can provide me with knowledge of the game that can further my abilities.

“As for my performance goals, I’d like to hit double digits in both goals and assists this season.”

Hume City’s recent successes in the FFA Cup did not go unnoticed by Prasad, and he believes the current squad could see even more success in the national cup competition in 2017.

“From what I’ve seen so far, this group of players have some extremely talented boys, and I’m hoping to add to that list,” Prasad said.

“A finals (NPL Victoria) place would be the ideal target. I think with our squad and coaches and a little bit of luck we can achieve that easily and hopefully go all the way.

“The club has had a lot of success in the FFA cup as well so I’m confident we can continue to impress and hopefully take that step further in the cup.”

Prasad was first introduced to the club on its pre-season camp in the Gold Coast where he impressed the coaching staff creating chances and scoring himself.

Of equal importance was the impression the club left on Prasad, with the 19-year old impressed by the unity shown by the club.

“When I first met the lads down at their Gold Coast camp, I could see what a good and close bunch of boys they were,” Prasad explained.

“So when I came down, I knew I would fit in right away. Hume City was such an easy decision for me, as I could tell how united the coaching staff and the players were as a group. The club has allowed me to settle in very easily, and who wouldn’t want to play in Melbourne!”

Technical Manager Dean Hennessey said he believes Prasad is the ideal player to round off his squad after making a raft of new signings in the off-season.

“We are pleased that Jayden has joined us this season from Brisbane Roar Youth just before the deadline closed,” Hennessey said.

“After leaving Brisbane Roar a few weeks ago he went to Newcastle Jets for a week and trained with their first team but chose to join us just before the deadline shut.

“Jayden is a U20 Australian international and comes with a great background in football

“He is a very technically gifted player that played for us in our Gold Coast Camp where he scored on his debut and created about 2 or 3 other goals we are pleased he came to us.

“Jayden plays in the wide areas or anywhere up top and was the last part of the jigsaw puzzle, and at only 19 years old adds to our depth of young players in our first team squad this season.”

Hume City next faces Pascoe Vale on Saturday February 25 at Churchill Reserve, kick off at 7pm.

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