Balderson: “keeping it simple”
He is in the form of his life but can’t figure out why.
That’s Scott Balderson in a nutshell.
The 27-year-old, who has one A-League appearance to his name with the Newcastle Jets in 2010, was playing park football with Pittwater RSL FC in the MWFA Premier League this time last year.
When quizzed on his remarkable turnaround, Balderson pointed to his Manly United teammates.
“The lads are tremendous,” he said.
“Everyone is enjoying turning up to training and then working for each other in games.
“I also have to thank (ex-coach) Paul Dee, he was prepared to give me another opportunity with Manly.
“Since Warren (Grieve) took over not much has changed, which has been great, he is very approachable.
“Personally, I am just keeping it simple and enjoying my football again.”
When Adam Parkhouse moved on to play for Wellington in the A-League last year, it left a starting spot out wide on the left at Manly for 2017.
It wasn’t a position Balderson expected to play, but he is excelling in his new role.
Absolute ‘bombs’ against Sutherland and Parramatta FC haven’t gone un-noticed, and if he continues to rip opposition defenders to shreds, another crack at the A-League looms.
“Honestly I haven’t even thought that,” Balderson said.
“I’m settled away from football working in the family business.
“As it stands, I’m very happy to juggle fulltime work with Manly United.”
Balderson and his Manly teammates take on Sydney Olympic FC this Friday at Cromer Park from 5pm.
It will be a cracker, with both teams unbeaten after five rounds.