Ex-Bluebirds star targets dream
IF ALL the players from CQ returned they would make a pretty good side and 19-year-old Reagan Alder would be a member.
Alder has had his fair share of disappointments in football, however the dream is still there and the former Bluebirds player knows all he can do is to keep on playing good football and his chance could arrive.
A couple of years ago it looked as if Alder had broken into the professional ranks when he trained at Raith Rovers with the Scottish club keen to retain him.
An application to play professionally in the UK was rejected and the teenager was forced to rethink his future in the game.
Alder is adamant that the rules about accepting a contract overseas are preventing football in Australia developing faster.
“I can't understand why they can't let the players go,” he said.
The criteria to play in Europe involves having a current European passport and/or have played for the national team.
“Now I just want to keep playing football,” he said.
The future in Australia was looking good when Alder was with the Brisbane Strikers under Stu McLaren as the young player was getting games in the Hyundai QSL and also training with A-League youth squads.
However, McLaren left the Strikers and since then Alder has also moved on.
“I've moved to Peninsula in the Brisbane Premier League,” Alder said.
At Peninsula the teenage winger has teamed up with another former CQ player, goalkeeper Marko Radovanovic from Gladstone.
“We started badly but since then we have won every (league) game,” he said, “we had been losing by just the odd goal.”
A highlight so far this season was thrashing the well performed (Brisbane) Olympic team.
“We beat Olympic 4-0 and I scored my first goal since pre-season,” he said.
Recently Alder was a part of the Peninsula side that provided a warm-up game for A-League side Brisbane Roar. “There were 4000 people at the game. We lost 3-0 but it was closer than that,” he said.
“(Roar's German import) Thomas Broich played and he is very good, also Luke Brattan who is real quality and will play for Australia.”