Sydney FC’s new defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins will experience a unique matchday experience for more than one reason on Saturday night.
Coming up against his former side, he is also in line make his home debut, all the while in the Australia Cup Final. A strange set of circumstances.
However, the 20-year-old left back is excited for what’s to come.
“It’s funny the way it has worked out and something you probably couldn’t make up and any other year I would’ve been happy to see Brisbane in the final, but not this year,” he said.
“I am really happy with how this competition has all played out and I am really excited to get out there and give my all for Sydney.
“Redders [Redmayne] has been giving me some stick around training about coming into the team and playing in a Final in my second game, but I think it’s really cool.
“It’s a credit to the boys for how they performed throughout the campaign and hopefully we can now come away with silverware this early on in the season which would put us in good stead for the rest of the season.”
After applying his trade in Europe and returning home to Australia, Courtney-Perkins is excited to introduce himself to the Sky Blue faithful on Saturday.
“Sydney’s fan base is one of the biggest in the country and has been for many years.
“I feel honoured to wear this shirt and I hope I can wear it proudly,” he said.
“I want to prove to people watching and those who support the club that I’m here to help and I am really going to play my part this season and hopefully bring success to the club.”
And the former Brisbane Roar player is beginning to settle into the side after making his debut in the Semi Final victory.
“You’re always a bit anxious before you make your debut and you want to make a good first impression which I hope I have done,” Jordan said.
“It was great to be involved in the win down in Melbourne and that was a special moment for me to see us advance to the final, and I am happy with how it all went.
“I now feel quite settled and have been for the last couple of weeks. With the new facility, it really has a big impact on the vibe around training.
“It’s a great group of boys and everyone has been very welcoming, from the coaching to the medical staff and this has certainly made it an easy transition.”
Having played for many years in the Brisbane set-up, he is however, wary of the threat that they will pose on Saturday evening.
“I think it will be a good game and it’s going to be tough for both sides.
“Even though a lot of the players there [Brisbane] are similar to last year, the new management is playing a new brand of football and it has obviously gotten them this far,” the number four said.
“However, I don’t think that it is anything that we can’t work on on the training pitch to counteract.
“It’s just another game of football and we are going to approach it in the same way that we always would.
“I’m excited for Saturday,” he concluded.
Catch Jordan in his home debut in the Australia Cup Final at Allianz Stadium.
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Australia Cup Final
Saturday 7th October 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 7:45pm AEDT
Gates Open: 6:15pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Channel 10 & 10Play
Tickets: Click Here