CONFIDENCE is the key for Central Queensland Football Club winger Jordan Miller, as his side continues their pre-season preparations five weeks out from the start of the 2014 National Premier League season.
Miller said CQFC Energy coach Ray Wood was unlocking the potential of the side.
Wood was building the confidence in his youthful squad, as the club continued their NPL pre-season on Saturday night with a 1-0 win over Frenchville.
Miller, who works with his father Andrew at Miller-Scott - The Master Engraver in Rockhampton - beat a couple of defenders before passing to 18-year-old Bluebirds junior Yianni Konielis, who found the back of the net.
It was the only opportunity the Energy capitalized on, with a number of near misses, ensuring Frenchville remained in the contest until the final whistle.
"We had a fair few chances - two shots hit the crossbar - and there were a few others, so we're creating opportunities," Miller said of the physical contest against the 2013 Premier League champions."
CQFC Energy pre-season friendly
CQFC Energy 1 (Yianni Konielis goal) def Frenchville 0 at Ian Coombe Oval.
"We're improving all the time," he said.
"We probably need to build up a bit quicker, and transition a bit quicker from attack to defence, and vice versa, but we're getting there."
Miller, 19, heads into his third CQFC campaign filled with the confidence that he can compete at the level.
However, he understands the difference between pre-season friendlies and competition fixtures.
"We're going pretty good. Training is good. I feel pretty confident with how I'm going," said Miller, who has captained the Energy in a couple of their friendlies.
"It'll be my third year at the club and with two seasons under my belt I feel like I'm going better and feeling more comfortable at this level.
"But, our main test will be on March 1 when the season kicks-off."
The Energy had scheduled 12 pre-season friendlies, which Miller said would help the team get up to speed in time for their round one match against South Queensland Thunder in Rockhampton on March 1.
CQFC head to Mackay this weekend to tackle a representative team there, before hosting the side in Rockhampton the following weekend.