Thurtell shoots for A-league debut with Glory
HE'S been touted as the best young goalkeeper in the country and now, after proving himself against the A-League's best in an exhibition match, Jordan Thurtell says "the possibilities are endless".
Thurtell was a standout for the Australian under-20 side in its clash with the national competition's All-Stars at Wollongong a fortnight ago.
And after signing a two year-deal with Perth Glory last month, the future looks bright for the 18-year-old from Moffat Beach.
He says he's content to wait as long as it takes to make his professional debut. But when he does, look out.
"I'm feeling pretty good but I've just got to bide my time (behind Danny Vukovic) and wait to get the opportunity to show what I can do," he said.
Thurtell is intent on forging a professional career, in Australia and in Europe, and has Socceroos' aspirations. "That's definitely a dream of mine," he said.
"I need to get a few games in the A-League and I'll see what happens from there. The possibilities are endless really. You never know what could happen.
"But for this season, it's just about getting that experience."
Sunshine Coast-based national goalkeeping coach John Gorza is Thurtell's long-time mentor and he believes the teenager's biggest attribute is his ability to seize the moment.
"He's probably the best young keeper in the country at the moment," Gorza said.
"I know Perth rates him highly ... they are looking to have him put some pressure on Vukovic.
"He rarely lets an opportunity go by, particularly in the big games. He comes up with the goods under every situation. He's technically very good but it's his mental strength and ability to perform under pressure which probably stands him out compared to the rest."
Thurtell was a standout for the Young Socceroos in their 0-0 deadlock with the All-Stars.
He peeled off a handful of saves against a team which included Italian star Alessandro Del Piero, Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich.
His energetic display included blocking three rapid-fire shots in a row.
"I think the main thing was just keeping a clean sheet," Thurtell said.
"It doesn't really matter how you keep them out, as long as you get the job done I guess."
While Thurtell is waiting for a call-up to Perth's first grade side, he will play for the Glory's National Youth League outfit.
He will also continue to help the Young Socceroos in their quest to qualify for next year's under-20 World Cup.