Lachlan Brook admits he is unsure what to expect when Adelaide United Youth host Perth Glory Youth on Sunday morning.
The Young Reds return to the boutique Marden Sports Complex looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Adelaide had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Brisbane Roar last round after conceding a late equaliser and have four points from two games.
The Glory have the same points as United, but have played three matches, and suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Melbourne City Youth in their previous clash.
Brook said having a very similar team to the one that competed impressively in the local National Premier League has contributed to a so far solid campaign.
“I think the NPL last year has definitely helped us because the boys know each other well,” Brook said.
“It’s not like us A-League boys that drop down don’t fit in or anything.
“We’ve a good relationship with the boys in the team which is really important.
“But I think for some of us especially myself I need to get a lot fitter as well so I can do more for the team as well but that will come with games.”
Brook acknowledged it is hard to fully comprehend just how their opponents will play, given the turnover of players from year to year in the Foxtel Y-League.
“It’s hard to say because youth teams can change so much from each NYL season to each NYL season,” he said.
“So it’s not like you can compare to last year.
“I know a couple of the boys that play in the team are very good players, so they’re definitely not a bad team.”
The 17-year-old is hoping to use this competition to improve in some aspects of his game.
“For me it’s getting fit and having more of a defensive impact on the team,” he stated.
“I think the way the game is going at the moment, if I can get that part of my game tuned up, I think I can definitely do a lot more and hopefully push my level up a bit, and score some goals as well.”
He said if he can realise some of these personal objectives it will provide him with the best chance of featuring in the Hyundai A-League side.
Adelaide United Youth host Perth Glory in Round 4 of the Foxtel Y-League 2018/19 season on Saturday, 10 November at Marden Sports Complex. Kick-off is at 10.30am ACDT.