TS Galaxy youngster Ethan Brooks has spoken of his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut, which came in their 2-0 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns this week.
The 19-year-old branded his DStv Premiership bow “exciting” as he came in from the bench in the second half of the game. The Rockets starlet was with Amajita in the Cosafa Cup camp in Port Elizabeth.
“To be honest, it was something that I’ve always wanted to do. Making my debut against Sundowns was exciting. I wanted to go there and prove myself. I didn’t expect it because I just came back from the national duty. I was shocked but at the same time excited when I got the call,” Brooks told the club’s official website.
“Everything happens for a reason. I can only thank the man above, God. Without Him, I wouldn’t have achieved all of these things. He has been great to me. I’m enjoying the journey so far.”
Brooks, meanwhile, says that it was a great experience to represent the country in the 2020 Cosafa Under-20 Men’s Championship and reckons that international football is different as compared to the local game.
“There, you are competing with players from different countries and you have to think more on and off the ball,” he adds.
When asked what are his goals and objectives in the next 12 months, Brooks said: “I would like to see myself getting more game time and playing in the first team. After that, I’d like to see myself playing overseas. That is my long-term dream. The next 12 months will be to get into the starting eleven and start contributing.”
The South African Under-20 player revealed that Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letssholonyane is the player who he grew up looking up to and it feels like a dream come true to play with his idol at the same club.
“It is amazing. It is something else. I started loving him at the age of 11. I’m glad that I have him alongside me. He will be able to offer me advice and guide me. I’m happy to play with him,” explained the midfield dynamo.
The rising star added that he won’t let fame and fortune get the best of him as it has ruined the lives of many people.
“I know that I have to stay humble. I have goals and objectives that I want to fulfill. So, I know that I need to focus. Fame comes but it also goes. I need to stay focused,” concludes Brooks.
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