Brisbane keeper Jamie Young is confident the Roar have the talent and mentality to rise up the A-League ladder after a poor start.
After six rounds the Queensland outfit are on the bottom of the competition, winless and with just three draws to its name.
But, Young told FourFourTwo there is no reason why Brisbane can’t climb up from tenth place, starting with Friday night’s clash with Melbourne City.
“I really believe it's down to our mentality and work ethic to move up the table and the quality will then come through,” he said.
“It depends how one wants to view the difficulties of the league in Australia. Whether you win, lose, or draw in this league you know you're going to be in it for the next season and I would say this is the primary concern of most top clubs in Europe.
“With that said, in the past the Roar have had significant success in this league and we know as a club we have to move up the ladder and in the right direction. So we know there is more to come to move up the table and the only way to do that is to start with a great work ethic.
“I think the players are playing for each other and the club in that way and we'll give ourselves every chance to move up if we adopt this attitude.”
The Roar have not finished out of the top six in the A-League since the 2009/2010 campaign, when the club ended the season in ninth.
Goalkeeper Young believes injuries have played a role in Brisbane’s slow start.
“It's hard to pinpoint any one reason but usually it's because we've conceded more goals than we've scored,” the former Reading FC shot-stopper said.
“Again we've had injuries in key areas and that doesn't help. However, the players that have stepped in like Jacob Pepper, Connor O'toole did tremendous in the last game. I think that's down to the great playing culture that we have.
The Roar host in-form Melbourne City tomorrow at Suncorp Stadium and Young said Brisbane would take confidence from last week’s 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory.
“They are a team in form but I believe playing at home will play into our advantage,” he said.
“They obviously won at their ground and we'll be looking to even up that. It's hard to pinpoint [why City have started well] but they're scoring goals and not conceding many.
“They have signed a new keeper who is stable and they seem to be creating chances up front. We'll be up for the game however and I think after coming back in last week's game we'll draw confidence from that.”
Young was overlooked for the Roar’s first four games of this season in favour of Michael Theo. But, the 32-year-old has been between the sticks for the club’s past two matches, where draws with the Mariners and Victory have been achieved.
“Of course I want to play in the team, I shouldn't be at the club if I didn't and that's no surprise to anyone,” Young said.
“Most importantly, whether I play or not I will always give my best. It's important to me to always try to improve and work on the processes everyday. Ultimately it's about playing for this club and if I don't play then I'll support the players who do represent us and be a positive influence.
“Life is too short to measure myself whether I play or not, I'd prefer to concentrate on the things I do as a person.”