Maynard-Brewer makes Charlton debut

Maynard-Brewer makes Charlton debut

Posted on November 24, 2018 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup Academy goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer has made his first team debut for English League One club Charlton Athletic, the 19-year-old featured in the 1-0 loss to Swansea City Under-23s in the EFL Trophy.

Maynard-Brewer has worked his way through the club’s ranks since joining Charlton’s Under-18s in 2015 from the Jacks. He has been training with the first team for the past couple of months and was given an opportunity to showcase his potential last week.

“Training with the first team now and seeing the standard of the players, I’ve taken what I need to do on board,” Maynard-Brewer said. “I know the level and intensity I need to be at and I’m just going to keep working towards it.

“I know as a goalkeeper I have to bide my time and, whilst biding my time, I have to keep learning and taking on board what the manager says. But it was a great feeling to make my competitive debut. Charlton always give goalkeepers and young players chances so if I keep working hard in training, playing well with the U23s and taking on board what the coaches say to me, especially Andy Marshall, then more opportunities will come.”

The debut defeat will serve as a learning curve for the Hertfordshire born stopper and he is fully aware it’ll be some time before he’s the complete package. “I know as a goalkeeper I have to bide my time and, whilst biding my time, I have to keep learning and taking on board what the manager says,” said Maynard-Brewer. “But it was a great feeling to make my competitive debut.”

Photo left – Maynard-Brewer in action for the Jacks under 18’s at Cockburn)

Born in St Albans, north London, Maynard-Brewer’s family moved down under when he was one-year-old and he has since represented Australian u23s at international level.

It was a former Addick who started the journey back to London for the goalkeeper after being spotted whilst playing at the Jacks, Maynard-Brwer explained. “The goalkeeper coach at ECU Joondalup at the time was Andy Petterson who played over 100 games here, a fair few in the Premier League, so he set up contact with Phil Chapple, the old head scout,” he explained. “I had a good trial and it was set up so that when I was 16, I signed as a scholar.”

Having played a number of games in pre-season and training with the first team. Maynard-Brewer believes it will only serve well in his development. Currently playing understudy to the impressive Jed Steer and Dillon Phillips, Maynard-Brewer is in the best place for a young goalkeeper considering the clubs track record of blooding young goalkeeping talent.

With Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot and Nick Pope all having worn the club colours Maynard-Brewer hopes to follow in their footsteps and carve a successful career himself. “I think that states what the club is about. They always give goalkeepers and young players chances,” he said. “So, if I keep working hard in training, playing well with the U23s and taking on board what the coaches say to me, especially Andy Marshall, then more opportunities will come.”