Western Sydney Wanderers recruit Tahj Minniecon has speed to burn.
Minniecon burst onto the scene of Australia’s top tiered domestic soccer competition in the 2007/2008 season.
Since then he has gone on to represent the Australian under-20 and under-23 sides.
The former Brisbane Roar player made the move down south this season after his other previous club, Gold Coast United, were expelled from the A-league in mid 2012.
While there has been an adjustment period following his relocation, the 23-year-old was optimistic about the Wanderers’ chances in the debut season.
‘‘It’s a bit of a shock because I was living near the beach but it’s been good and I’ve enjoyed myself so far,’’ he said.
‘‘Everything is fantastic at the moment.
‘‘We are fighting fit and doing well.
‘‘I’ve done really well so far in the pre-season to get myself fit and in the best possible state for this season.’’
Speed is Minniecon’s main strike weapon.
And the contest between him and former Parramatta FC player Kwabena Appiah-Kubi for the fastest man in the side has been a close one.
‘‘He’s got some crazy speed and we always have battles at training,’’ Minniecon said.
‘‘You always have battles at training so it’s a good thing to keep you on your toes.
‘‘Kabs is insane — he has the skills, he has the lot and he is only 20.’’
Speculation surrounding possible big name imports including German Michael Ballack and Japan’s Shinji Ono joining the Wanderers has been in overdrive the last couple of weeks.
But Minniecon said rumours had not been a distraction for the team and coach Tony Popovic had every player primed for a long 2012/2013 season.
‘‘It’s up to Popa in the end [regarding recruitment].
‘‘Popa has been really tough on us but it has been within reason and he knows what he’s doing.’’