In the ‘goal-driven’ world of goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, there’s not much time to sit back and reflect on his amazing achievements over the last 12 months.
Not that there hasn’t been a lot to celebrate, from Hyundai A-League title-success with Sydney FC to his long-awaited Caltex Socceroos debut against Korea Republic in June.
Like a fine drop of red, Redmayne’s form has undoubtedly developed with age and the 30-year-old is certainly displaying career-best form.
And while immensely proud of his rise to international football, it was the reaction of those closest to him that is motivating Redmayne to keep pushing for more.
“It was pretty surreal. It did take a while to sink in, probably while I was on holidays [after the season],” Redmayne tells socceroos.com.au of his first senior cap in Busan.
“It was a fantastic moment but for me it’s something I’ll look back on more once I retire.
“Being pretty goal-focused, I always think ‘what’s the next goal to tick’? But I know it was a fantastic moment for my parents and my family who were all in tears when I told them what was happening.
“It’s such a nice reward for them, as much as myself, for the season I had.”
Even if Redmayne had the chance to sit down and script out how his 2018/19 Season would unfold, he surely wouldn’t have foreseen what was to come.
The Australian U-20 and 23 international kept 10 clean sheets for the Sky Blues, including during 120 minutes of the Grand Final against Perth Glory.
His two penalty saves in the shootout enabled Sydney FC to lift the Hyundai A-League trophy for a fourth time and led to his Caltex Socceroos call-up in June.
And now he’s in Graham Arnold’s 23-man squad which will begin their journey to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Kuwait next month.
“It’s something that I’ve aspired towards now and it’s a huge honour to be recognised,” the Gosford-born gloveman says.
“Being able to work alongside the best players in Australia and some players I played junior football with and now I’m looking up and idolising what they are doing in Europe.
“Just to be in camp and train and learn alongside them will be a phenomenal experience.”
If Redmayne is to stay the journey all the way through the qualifying process to Qatar in three years’ time, he knows he can’t let his standards drop with the Sky Blues.
But at a club that just demands success, resting on past glories is not an option.
“Obviously our first competitive fixture [loss to Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup Round of 32] was disappointing but putting that aside we aim to be there on [Grand Final] day again this season and also winning the Premiers’ Plate beforehand,” Redmayne says of the Sky Blues’ goals this season.
“Sydney FC, as we always do, we strive to win everything.
“It was disappointing our first competitive outing this year but we put that behind us, we learn from that and move on. We’re just fully focused on just going back-to-back.”