Five minutes with: Perth Glory striker Adam Taggart

Adam Taggart learned the truth at 17 - if you want to make it as a professional footballer you can't sit back and wait, you've got to make things happen for yourself.

A-League Rd 15 - Newcastle v Perth

Taggart with Glory in January 2017 Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

TWG: What happened with that air swing from a few metres out against Central Coast Mariners last weekend? Was it the sun, a bobble, or just one of those unfortunate moments that happen sometimes?

AT: Yeah, look, it was a slight bobble - I would've expected myself to score no matter what though.

I'm not going to sit around and cry about it, everyone misses chances - that's just the way football is. I'm obviously working as hard as ever to make sure I can put it right this week.

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TWG: You've been playing very well recently and scoring goals regularly. Where do you think your game is at?

AT: Oh, look, I don't think I'm at my very best at the moment. I've had a string of consecutive starting games now, maybe seven or eight, so I'm beginning to get into a groove, which is important.

I probably thought it would take a big longer to start regularly scoring goals again, but I've been lucky enough to get into the rhythm of it pretty quickly.

I'm focused on getting better each week and I think there's still a lot of room in which my game can grow.

TWG: The Perth Glory players obviously spend a lot of time on flights and in hotels. How do you kill the time?

AT: I think you've got to approach it in a positive way and I quite enjoy getting to go away and spend time with close mates. There's always a lot of banter flying around and I think that's important, to make sure the travelling time and the time spent sitting around in hotels goes a bit quicker.

We're a pretty close-knit group and there's always something going on and when we're in another city we often take the chance to catch up with old mates we played with as well.

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TWG: Are you unbearable on the day of a game, or are you pretty relaxed?

AT: I'm normally OK. Coming back this time, after the time out I had injured, I was a bit different, but now that I'm back in the groove of playing regularly it has all gone back to how it used to be. I'm buzzing to play in the game and when it's over I'm straight away looking forward to the next one.

TWG: You made your A-League debut at 17. How different are you now, as a player and a person, at 23?

AT: I think with everyone the more games you play and the more years you spend around the game the more mature you become. You understand the game better and you become used to everyday life as a footballer.

When you're younger you're a little bit naive about the game. Experiencing different clubs, different managers, different playing styles and different environments helps shape you.

The more different experiences you have help you understand who you want to be as a player and a person.

TWG: Do you grow up really fast as a professional footballer?

AT: Yeah, I think so. Being 17 in a Perth Glory side that had lots of experienced players meant you had to grow up fast and try to fast-track your development. With so many top pros around there was no room for a young kid  if you were going to take years to adapt. It was such a strong side it really helped me move along quickly with my game.



TWG: Is there one piece of advice someone gave you that has really stuck in your mind?

AT: I've been lucky enough to have a lot of good players and coaches help me.

Kenny Lowe, when I was younger, said to me 'missing opportunities is like missing the bus, you just make sure you get the next one because they normally come around every 15 minutes' and that's the way football is. If you dwell on missed chances then you're probably not cut out to be a footballer. You have to stay mentally strong and keep being able to produce.

TWG: Is there one place you've been to that you want to go back and visit?

AT: Probably Brazil, it's such a beautiful place. We didn't get to see a lot of it while we were there for the World Cup, but it was such a good time in my career and I've got a lot of fond memories of being there. It would be good to go back and experience more of the culture.

TWG: Outside of your family, are the people you admire most footballers or do they come from other walks of life?

AT: I think mainly footballers. It's hard to pick one or two out because a lot of experienced players and coaches have helped me, particularly early in my career at Perth and Newcastle, and I'm really grateful for that.

TWG: Finally, when you meet someone who doesn't know what you do or who you are, what sort of reaction do you get when you tell them you're a professional footballer?

AT: In Australia you get different reactions because a lot of people tend to either love or hate football, and if they're from an AFL background they don't really care that much, whereas in the UK - particularly in London and Scotland, where I was - the reaction was a lot more uniform. They're brought up on football, so they were always interested in finding out what it was like.




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Published 2 February 2017 at 2:51pm
By Greg Prichard