Glassock relishing overseas opportunity

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Michael Glassock says his move to Hong Kong Pegasus FC is the best decision he has made after continuous first team starts for the South East Asian side.

The former Central Coast Mariners Academy skipper joined Pegasus in July in search of first team football.

The young centre back has been enjoying his time and has nothing but praise for the Hong Kong Premier League.

“It’s very exciting playing over here and adapting to a full time environment in a different continent and playing in Asia is a big step up in terms of quality,” he said.

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“There are no shortcuts over here, we train every day and do not have many days to rest.

“There are lots of games due to the league and cup competitions.”

Glassock said the quality of players was top notch as well, with some very experienced players joining the league.

“For me it was coming over here and getting as much exposure and game time and training with high quality players that have played all over the world,” he said

“I’m really enjoying it and lucky enough to have started in all games so far this season.”

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Glassock did have to adapt to South East Asian football as it’s a different style of play compared to what he was used to back in Australia.

He said it was more technical and players liked to think more on the ball.

“From what I’ve noticed the Australian game is a lot quicker in terms of pressing and the style of play,” he said.

“The technical ability on the ball is outstanding..teams do not press as much here but will force the play wide.”

“The Australian game is fast, you have to win the ball back quickly and get up the field as fast as possible whereas the game here is about building the play and finding those small openings for attackers to run on to.”

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Glassock has learnt a lot from his debut back in September and is determined to keep on growing.

He said what he was learning from staff and his teammates was making him a better player.

“I came over here wanting that first team football, after the Mariners I was hungry so when it came to the time to make my debut, I was feeling all kinds of emotions,” he said.

“What I have learnt since then is to approach each game and enjoy every moment and prepare yourself in every possible way.

“You will be exposed in games, but you learn from those mistakes and you try to rectify them for the next game.”

Feature image credit: Hong Kong Pegasus

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