Langerak enjoys victory as goalie

WITH Langerak is taking every opportunity kicked his way.

The Tieri-raised 21-year-old has been solid between the posts for the A-League team since getting a start in the run-on-side in round 15.

This weekend, Langerak, if named to start, will play one of the biggest games of his life as his team takes on Sydney FC in a blockbuster top of the table A-League clash at Etihad Stadium.

Currently sitting at the top of the A-league ladder, Melbourne Victory was always Langerak’s goal.

“Melbourne Victory is the best club in Australia and if you get the chance to join Melbourne, you join them, that was my goal,” Langerak stated emphatically

Living away from his hometown of Tieri for the past three years, Langerak loves his lifestyle in Melbourne.

“I’ve been living away from home since I was about 17 or 18,” he told Central Queensland News.

“It’s great, I’m really enjoying life in Melbourne.”

Melbourne is a far cry from home where Langerak first pulled on the boots for the Tieri Tigers as a six-year-old.

“When you’re little it’s all about having fun,” Langerak reflected.

“And I think there comes a time when you take a different direction.

“I became more focused on getting to the next level and turning professional is something that came about from that direction and I am happy to be living this way.”

It has been a long journey in the sporting life of this young Tiger with a move to Bundaberg at 13, then the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where he spent a year.

“The signs were always there,” he said.

“At the AIS I was chosen for the Australian under-20s and there are always National League clubs scouting about for young players.

“I got a call to go to Melbourne and the rest is history.”

It is hard to believe Langerak is still only 21 but he has set plans for his future.

“I have started to look at options overseas, but I am still contracted to Melbourne for the next two-and-a-half years.

“I know it’s not in the equation yet, I am still young, but eventually I will go to Europe and see how that goes.”

As for his season with the Victory so far, Langerak cites winning the 2009 Championship in front of 55,000 fans as the highlight of his career.

“Our goal is to go back-to-back and things are looking good at the moment.”

Looking back on the year with a confidence belying his age Langerak said this has : “This has been something I have always wanted to do.

“You just don’t get a chance like this and even though I come from a small town like Tieri, it’s a good thing.

“I have always pushed myself to do the right things and mum and dad have played a big part in that.”

With Christmas just around the corner, Langerak won’t be home but will meet up with family in Townsville before the New Year, and he can’t wait.

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