Wanderers' Tyson waiting to grab chance with two hands
WESTERN Sydney's reserve goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson says he has no qualms playing second fiddle to experienced custodian Ante Covic at the A-League's newest franchise.
The 23-year-old has been bound to the bench for all of the Wanderers 14 matches this season.
But the Sunshine Coast product, and former Gold Coast United shot stopper, said he didn't mind and was getting valuable experience at the club.
"I haven't had a run just yet but Ante Covic has been fantastic for us in goal," he said.
"He's been a real pillar of strength and he's a guy who I really admire and he is someone that I hope be just like one day."
Tyson said he had enhanced his skills by training alongside Covic, 37, who was part of Australia's 2006 World Cup squad.
"I'm just taking all the opportunities I can to learn as much as I can off him and hopefully when I get the chance as I did at Gold Coast I'll take it with both hands," he said.
Tyson was the second-string keeper at the now defunct Gold Coast club but showed he was more than capable of holding the fort when he was called up to replace the injured Glen Moss.
So he's confident he can do the job at the Wanderers as well.
"I think when the time is right I'll get my opportunity," he said.
"Covic has been doing fantastic for us and he is a real leader in our team. When he plays well the team plays well, so at the moment I'm really enjoying learning as much as I can off him."
The Wanderers are the new boys in the A-League but have surprised many pundits by forging their way to fourth on the 10-team ladder.
But Tyson said his side expected as much.
"We've been having some good results of late and that's no surprise to the playing group," he said.
"We certainly pride ourselves on making sure we prepare as well as we can for every game, and as long as we prepare well then we know we can go into a game and give it our best shot.
"I think we've got the players and on our day we can beat any team in the competition."
The Wanderers lost to ladder leader Central Coast 2-0 at Parramatta on Sunday.
"They're the benchmark for the whole A-League. They're the most consistent team in the league and there's no surprise why they're always at the top of the league, so that game was a good gauge for us," he said.
"We're making good steps and we're improving and we're getting to where we want to be, but obviously we're not where we want to be just yet. There are still a few more things we need to improve on."