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Fox rushed into Wanderers squad for FFA quarter-final

FOXPLAY: Former Sunshine Coast Footballer of the Year, Brenton Fox could be lining up for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the club's FFA Cup quarter-final clash with Melbourne City.
FOXPLAY: Former Sunshine Coast Footballer of the Year, Brenton Fox could be lining up for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the club's FFA Cup quarter-final clash with Melbourne City. Western Sydney Wanderers

SO MUCH can change in 24-hours, especially in professional sport.

Two days ago former Sunshine Coast Footballer of the Year Brenton Fox was just happy to be grinding away with the Western Sydney Wanderers as he looks to break into the first squad.

But moments after training yesterday, Fox was racing home to pack his bags for a flight to Melbourne and a potential encounter with City in the FFA Cup quarter-final tonight.

The former Caboolture star could be set to make his debut on Australian football's biggest stage.

Would you have thought this time on Monday you'd be preparing to tackle the likes of Tim Cahill in Melbourne?

"We just got called into training yesterday and then again this morning, I definitely wasn't expecting to be going.”

How did it feel when you heard the news?

"There wasn't time to be nervous. It was more like get home and pack straight away.

"It hasn't set in yet. I'm sure I will be more nervous (today).”

How has the experience of being in the thick of an A-League squad been so-far?

"It's been good. I've just sort of been plotting away in the NYL (National Youth League) squad and got a few chances to train with the first team and now the opportunity to travel with them.”

You were often overlooked for representative honours when you were younger. Did that make it hard to settle into a professional outfit?

"Definitely. It's a lot more professional and the intensity of it all is a different quality.

"I don't know if I had the full preparation but they've definitely given me as much (guidance) as they can.

"The step-up has been massive but it's been good to get in and find out what level I need to be at.”

If you were to get the call-up to play tonight, how do you think you'll handle it?

"I think there'll be plenty of nerves, but definitely excitement at getting the chance to show what I can do.

"Hopefully I do, but we'll wait and see.”

Kick-off for tonight's game is at 7.30pm. You can steam the match at www.foxsports. com.au/football/ffa-cup/ ffacupondemand.

Topics:  a-league, brenton fox, ffa cup, sunshine coast football, western sydney wanderers


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