Mariners goalkeeper Adam Pearce heads into Olyroos camp this week for the second time in his career, with the Australian U/23 side set to take on Sydney FC and Macarthur as they ramp up preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.
Pearce is joined by Mariners teammates Dan Bouman and Kye Rowles and said he is looking forward to the experience of working in the national team environment again.
“Obviously it’s a real honour to go in and represent your country,” he said ahead of the camp.
“For me it’s an exciting time, to go out and be part of such a great squad and to be involved in something that means so much to me. I’m really grateful for the opportunity and excited for the camp ahead.”
“To work with all the goalkeepers who are going to be in the camp, it will be a good opportunity and a good experience to go in and test myself against them.”
“To work with JC [John Crawley], the goalkeeping coach who is one of the best around will be really good so it will be a great time.”
While Pearce has made just a handful of appearances through his time at the Club, the experience he has gained working with different goalkeepers stands him in good stead, and he was full of praise for current goalkeeping partner Mark Birighitti having worked with him for just over a year.
“It’s awesome, working with the keepers that have been here such as Birraz, BK [Ben Kennedy], the likes of those guys it is really good, and I’ve learnt a lot from each and every one of them that have come through.”
“Working with Birraz, he has been all around the world and played at the highest level and for me to learn off him and the experience and knowledge he shares with me is so great, and then combine that with us being really close mates.”
The Olyroos will take on Sydney FC at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Thursday at 7pm, before facing A-League newcomers Macarthur next Tuesday at the same venue.
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