Former Jacks keeper makes Charlton first team debut

Former Jacks keeper makes Charlton first team debut

Posted on July 14, 2017 in 'News'

It’s been a massive six months for former ECU Joondalup custodian Ashley Maynard-Brewer, the 18-year-old has been in sparking form for Charlton Athletic youth sides, and he was called up for the Young Socceroos training camp as well.

His good form was rewarded on Tuesday evening when the youngster made his first team debut for the Addicks, when he came on at half time in their 5-0 win against Irish side Crumlin United at Pearse Park.

It was a great feeling for Maynard-Brewer and he said his hard work has paid off, but he knows there is more hard work ahead of him. “The last two years have been really intense and I’ve learnt a lot and worked hard on my game, and at the moment I feel I’m on the right track so it’s good to be getting opportunities with the first team,” he explained.

“It was our first pre-season match so it was good to get going again but I was happy to get a clean sheet in my first game, after our training camp in Ireland. It was a different experience to youth games, with fans travelling over to watch us play and singing songs behind the goal, luckily I didn’t let one through.”

The keeper is hoping to keep improving and cement a spot in the reserves this season, and he was also surprised to get a call from Ufuk Talay the Australian Young Socceroos Coach, but he enjoyed the training camp and he is hoping he gets a call-up for the Asian qualifiers later in the year. “Things have gone better than I expected, being called up to Australia and cementing my spot with Charlton’s reserve and youth team so hopefully I’ve set a good base to kick on and progress further,” he said.

“The Aussie coaches told me of a camp in September in preparation for the Asian qualifiers, which would be great for me to go but I’ll wait and see and focus here in the U.K, until I Hear anything. Like I’ve said before there is still a great deal of hard work ahead of me, I  really want to cement my spot and get regular games with the u23s at Charlton, and continue to push for first team opportunities.”

A young Socceroo call-up, making his Charlton first team debut were ok, but the highlight of the year was teaming up with his dad Jason Brewer, to beat the lads at ECU at golf. “We bossed them and whatever they tell you we wiped the floor with them,” he joked. “No it was great to get home, and I  had a great time in the offseason seeing all friends and family after a long time away and was great fun getting up to Joondalup and having a round of golf with the old man – and dad we really know who won.”

From everyone at ECU Joondalup – All the best Ash!!!!