Keeper keen to grab his chance
SUNSHINE Coast product Jerrad Tyson, Gold Coast United's back-up keeper, says he has no reservations about being thrown into the A-League deep end after being handed a prime opportunity in Sunday's M1 derby against the Brisbane Roar.
Tyson was called on by coach Miron Bleiberg last Friday night when first choice goalie Glen Moss went down with a groin injury in United's 3-0 win over Adelaide.
The 22-year-old looked solid in his second senior match, making one strong save in his 25-minute cameo.
Gold Coast announced yesterday that Moss will require surgery and is expected to be out for two months.
The timing of Tyson's elevation could have been better - he was forced to take the field with a sprained shoulder and wrist.
However, he said he shrugged off his niggles as soon as he stepped over the line and was determined to make the most of his rare opportunity in first grade.
"I sprained my shoulder two weeks ago when I played for the youth team in Perth and three days before the game I sprained my wrist at training," Tyson said.
"I was all strapped up and for the first time I was thinking it wouldn't be the best option for me to play.
"But fate intervened and someone had to step in and it happened to be me.
"As soon as I stepped over the line I couldn't feel my shoulder and I was running on pure adrenalin out there.
"I came on at a time when Adelaide were coming home and luckily I was able to hold my concentration."
It has been a long time between appearances for Tyson, who made his A-League debut against the North Queensland Fury in December last year.
The former Maroochydore Swans and Sunshine Coast Fire player has had to remain patient during his two-year tenure in the Gold Coast first grade squad.
However, he seems set to be rewarded with an appearance in the Boxing Day derby against Gold Coast's near neighbours, the faltering Roar, at Skilled Park.
"Being in the number two position is always tough, you have to sit on the bench and you never really expect it, you really have to wait for the opportunity," Tyson said.
"But Mossy has gone down and I've got the opportunity and I have to focus week to week.
"I'm not very experienced. For me it's going to be a real learning curve.
"I have to take the opportunity and really make the most of it."