Malta Under 21 star Jake Galea is enjoying life with Sliema Wanderers as the club looks to achieve their goal of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League this season.

The top half of the Maltese Premier League table is looking extremely close at the moment with just five points separating seventh place Birkirkara with third place Gżira United.

Galea’s side, Sliema are currently in sixth position with 31 points to their name after nine wins from 18 games so far this season. The Wanderers have lost just one league game in their previous five.

Jake Galea won Best Young Goalkeeper at the MFPA Awards 2018 (Photo by Malta Football Players Association)

Galea believes his side still have what it takes to qualify for the Europa League and has stated that they must treat every game as a must win.

“Qualifying for the Europa League was our aim at the beginning of the season and it still is,” explained the 22-year-old goalkeeper.

“We’re very confident about achieving our goals and we are taking it game by game.

“Each and every one of us understands that every confrontation is a must win.”

The Malta U21 international went on to speak about the current league standings explaining how there isn’t much difference between Sliema and the sides above them.

“The top half of the league is very close at the moment. I don’t think there is much difference in quality between us, just a matter of consistency and some misfortune of injuries that we’ve had,” said Galea.

“Of course we all enjoy the competition, making each and every game crucial, regardless of the fixture. Winning next weekend’s game against Hamrun leaves us potentially one point away from third place.”

Jake Galea still believes his side have what it takes to qualify for the Europa League this season (Photo by Elena Bonello)

Galea spoke on a personal level about how he is finding life with Sliema after arriving from Hamrun last summer: “I’m really enjoying my time here, the atmosphere is second to none.

“The dressing room is made up of a united group of gentlemen with a matching professional mentality. I was welcomed with open arms and felt part of the Sliema family almost instantly.

“The club has a big history with high ambitions. It has the facilities and the workforce that allows us to train like professionals.

“I think it’s crucial to have full-time coaching staff as well as a full-time Sports Therapist and Kit Manager who give us the possibility to go out onto the pitch or inside the gym and train, recover or treat any injuries whenever.”

The young goalkeeper finished by discussing his goal for the season, expressing his desire to make his debut for the Maltese Senior National Team: “To be part of the National ‘A’ Team as well as qualifying and playing in the Europa League are my primary objectives for this season.”

Jake Galea is currently capped at U21 level but the goalkeeper hopes to make his full debut soon (Photo by Joe Borg)

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