Nigel Boogaard his hoping his captaincy of Newcastle Jets in their FFA Cup match against Perth Glory isn’t a one-off.
The Jets fell 4-3 on penalties to the WA outfit, but Boogaard says leading the team out, with his family watching from the crowd, was huge.
The 28-year-old Newcastle native has taken on the mantle of leadership since arriving from Adelaide United over two months ago.
"(The result) aside, it was the highlight of my career, to be honest," Boogaard told the Newcastle Herald.
"Winning the FFA Cup last year (with Adelaide United) was big. But to come back here and put the armband on for my home team, where I grew up, was something special."
He added: "To have the opportunity to captain the team was an honour. If it is the case long term, I will be stoked.
"Until that day comes I will do whatever job the gaffer asks me to.
"The captaincy is there for anyone who shows leadership qualities. There are a few boys in the group who are showing that, which is ideal.
"Going forward, if it is handed to me, I'd love it. I have always been vocal and tried to influence people around me.
"I don't think there would be any added pressure."
Of the Jets’ performance on Tuesday night, Boogaard said eliminating the type of errors that led to Glory’s two goals would go a long way to setting them up for the season.
Jason Hoffman mistimed a tackle that led to a penalty and Sidnei slipped his defender to find the equaliser just minutes from full-time.
Boogaard told the Newcastle Herald: "If you can minimise those mistakes over the season, you will go a long way to performing. It can't be a weekly occurrence.
"We have to make sure those things are ironed out.
"It wasn't like they opened us up or really broke through our lines. Structurally we were very good. The first half I think we controlled the majority of the game and created the better chances. There were a lot of positive signs."
Boogaard described the effort and desire of his teammates as “unbelievable”.
"Regardless of whether they are friendlies or trial matches, that desire has to be there every week.
"The quality of football will improve. That was our first competitive match and the majority of the squad is new.
"Structurally we were quite good, but also with the ball the boys up front enjoyed getting on the ball a lot more and in better positions."comments