Teen sets his sights on A-League
FORMER Rockhampton player Cameron Draper is pouncing on any opportunity to help further his football career.
Draper produced a solid game for Brisbane Souths in their oneall draw against the Capricorn Cougars at Rockhampton's Pilbeam Park on Saturday night.
Nerimbera Brothers' Michael Steere opened the scoring for the Cougars 15 minutes into the second half before former CQU Berserker player Chris Griffin equalised 15 minutes later.
Another former Central Queensland player, Josh Evans, also joined the Brisbane team.
Draper arrived home fresh from trials with the New Zealand Knights A-League team.
"I played some games with the Knights lads and trained,'' Draper said.
The 17-year-old trialled at centre midfield and centre back. It is now a waiting game for Draper with the Knights likely to watch some of his games for Brisbane South next month.
Draper is one young player with direct goals.
"By the end of this year, or the next, I want to be in an A-League club or with an overseas club,'' Draper said.
Cougars acting coach Will Burns approached this game as a chance for his team's players to push their claims for Cougars selection later in the year.
"How they played in this game will be an indicator,'' Burns said.
One player impressing out wide was Bluebirds' Bradd Dillon. "His fitness level for this time of year was excellent,'' Burns said.