Langerak keen to be part of final
After three seasons as the second in line between the sticks, Bundaberg boy Mitch Langerak has spent the past six games in the box for Melbourne Victory and only conceded two goals in the process.
The former Across The Waves keeper pipped original first-choice custodian Glen Moss for the round 15 clash with Brisbane Roar.
Head coach Ernie Merrick opted to demote Moss after a string of poor performances.
The position is now Langerak’s to lose.
It marks the first time Langerak has been considered the number one keeper in his three seasons in Melbourne.
Four clean sheets are testament to his sparkling mid-season form and evidence he is the top-class keeper he was touted as when joining the Victorian club’s top side in 2007.
“I’m really happy with my form and to concede just two goals so far is obviously a good statistic,” he said.
“I’ve had a lot of help from the guys at the back in defence. Hopefully we can keep this form through to the finals.”
Last season he warmed the bench while his side secured the A League premiership.
He is hell bent on being a part of it this year.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead. The final is months away,” he said. “But I remember the atmosphere of 50,000 home fans screaming in the stadium — it was amazing.”
The Victory sit second on the ladder, with a recent loss to North Queensland Fury in Townsville tightening up the table.
“That was disappointing for us, but we’re all looking forward to bouncing back this weekend,” Langerak said.
At just 21, his time with the club has already sculpted him into a senior member.
“I’ve been around the boys for a while now, and I think you have to feel confident like that as a keeper and professional footballer,” he said.
“I’m really happy with how things are panning out right now.”
Langerak was not able to get home for Christmas, but his parents visited him in Townsville and occasionally find time to see him in Melbourne.
“They make a great effort and I still keep in touch with my Bundaberg mates, who keep my head screwed on and keep me in check,” Langerak said.