Maynard-Brewer impressing at Charlton

Maynard-Brewer impressing at Charlton

Posted on March 11, 2016 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup under 18’s keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer has impressed the coaching staff at the English Championship club Charlton Athletic. In a recent interview with Alessandro Schiavone the 16-year-old spoke about life at The Valley, his goalkeeping idol and his hopes to represent Australia one day.

Charlton had to see off major competition from Everton, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham to secure Maynard-Brewer’s services last summer. That’s to tell you how talented and in-demand he is, just like goalkeeping legend Mark Schwarzer was back in the days. Maynard-Brewer admits to looking up to Leicester City’s seasoned back-up stopper, who has been one of European football’s most coveted goalkeepers of the last two decades both for his longevity and outstanding skills.

Schwarzer’s career speaks volumes having played for Chelsea, Middlesbrough, and Fulham and winning 109 caps for Australia’s national team over a twenty-year spell. “Mark Schwarzer is a role model, and I’ve met him over here,” he said. “He is a top keeper, one of the Premier League’s most capped goalkeepers, and I hope to follow in his footsteps one day.”

Charlton’s raw diamond believes that he has what it takes to feature at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar provided that he keeps on working hard at the club he joined on a two-year deal last summer from Australian side ECU Joondalup Soccer Club. “Me at the World Cup 2022? I guess so. Obviously I’d like to focus over here first and break through here but obviously playing in the national team would be excellent,” he said. “Charlton is a great club which has a great family feel about it and I see my long-term future here. I have been doing well over here so far and I’d like to keep going”, the 16-year old revealed.

In the year preceding Maynard-Brewer’s birth, his country Australia were preparing to stage the continent’s first-ever Olympic Games which were to take place in Sydney in the summer of 2000. Ever since, the Socceroos have qualified for three FIFA World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014 while the A-League has attracted some high-profile names over the years. It was in 2006 that the Socceroos, then-managed by current Chelsea gaffer Guus Hiddink, they finishing second behind World Cup favourites Brazil against all odds before they went out to a hotly-contested Francesco Totti penalty against Italy a round on.

During that game on 28th June 2006 in Kaiserslautern, the Azzurri boasted superstar Alessandro Del Piero in the starting eleven, and Brewer believes that thanks to his arrival in Australian football, at Sydney FC in 2012, soccer has been on a perennial up although he alleges that it’s still light-years behind English football. “Alessandro Del Piero definitely pulled the crowds in”, he said. “Australia has attracted a few marquee players over the years like William Gallas.

“That said, whenever Sydney came to play at other grounds around the country, the grounds were packed. Del Piero definitely helped Australian football grow but there are still quite a few differences between football in my homeland and here. Over here everything is about football. My lifestyle is based around football here and there are much more talented players in England. Football is much more competitive here. “But as I said, Australian football has enjoyed a growing reputation in the last five years. It’s followed in the footsteps of MLS (Major League Soccer) but obviously the country is massive so it’s hard to get local derbies, and the crowds are growing and the standard is getting better.”

If Maynard-Brewer’s rise will match Australian soccer’s growth, nothing will stand in his way to have a Schwarzer-alike career in the years to come. Lately his rapid progress hasn’t gone unnoticed among the club’s first-squad managers as he has burned the steps by regularly training with the Championships strugglers. Having said that, Charlton’s hot prospect has everything it takes to go all the way: talent, the mental attributes, self-confidence and he doesn’t mind grafting day-in day-out at the club’s training ground in south-east London, while keeping a low profile and tuning out distractions. Exactly the same way his idol Mark Schwarzer has been treating himself throughout his career.