He’s been scoring for fun in the NPL NSW competition, and last Thursday night saw Patrick Wood make the step up to feature with the Sky Blues’ A-League stars.
We caught up with the young striker to get his thoughts on his debut, and what he’s looking forward to as he joins the squad in Qatar for the resumption of our 2020 AFC Champions League campaign.
You made your debut with the first team last Thursday, how was that?
There was a great atmosphere at the ground and I had a few people there who had come to watch so I was really keen to get some minutes in the game. When I was called by Rob [Stanton] I felt confident and just wanted to go on and do my best for the team.
We’re you nervous or excited when you ran on?
When I actually ran on I felt proud and excited to be given a chance! I wasn’t really nervous just eager to play.
How did you find the step up from NPL?
I have been training with the boys for about a month now so during that time I have learnt a lot and have worked hard at improving during each session. It was a quicker game but I felt comfortable within the squad so that definitely helped.
How do you think playing in that game against the Olyroos will prepare you for the AFC Champions League in Qatar?
The Olyroos game was a great game to play, to experience playing with the team against a quality side. I think the teams we play in the AFC Champions League will be really competitive and at an even higher level. Playing in the Olyroos game gave me the chance to play up front and get a feel for what it will be like.
How did you find your first trip with the first team?
To be a part of the A League squad and to travel to Qatar is an amazing experience and opportunity. So far it has been great. It is a very different way to travel now having to wear masks and have tests for COVID-19 but I just want to make the most of every minute here and learn as much as I can.
We all know the new boys have to sing on their first trip, have you sung yet?
No I haven’t sung yet! I’m planning on singing but I’m not the best singer so it should be a bit of a laugh.
What are you hoping to get out of this trip to Qatar?
Playing with the first team at a competitive level has always been my goal and now that I have an opportunity here in Qatar I want to make the most of it. I am hoping to get some minutes and will be striving to score some goals for the team. I want to learn from the experience, especially from [Head Coach] Steve [Corica] and the boys and play the best I can.