Player Profile- Brendon Gonano

1. What do you love most about soccer?
“I love the unpredictability of it, I love the passion that it provokes within players, coaches and people watching, I love being invested in it emotionally and I love how important it makes you and other people feel. I’ve been playing since I was 6.”
2. What drew you to play for Richmond Soccer Club?
“I was actually at Richmond at the start of last season and things didn’t work out the way I’d hoped, so I moved pretty early on. But I’d known Brian from before, he was my coach a couple of years ago and he invited me for a couple of sessions and came out to one of my games. I suppose because of my high respect for Brian as a person and his interest in me I was drawn back to the club. I believe that under Brian at the club I’ve got a real opportunity to develop my game and improve as a player.”
3. How do you think the team will go for the rest of this year?
“I think we’ll have a strong late surge. I believe that with the way the results have been going since I’ve joined we’ll definitely be looking to finish around mid-table.”
4. What is your best personal sporting moment?
“Probably representing Australia with the national Under-17s. We played in a bunch of tournaments, we won a few and we lost a few but overall we probably won more than we lost.”
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
“I would have to say my parents. When you’re younger you probably don’t realise how much they do for you, even the little things like taking you to training or to games or buying you a new pair of boots. I moved out of home at 15 to play football interstate. All the sacrifices and all the things that they did to make those kind of things happen and to promote me and push me toward a career in football, you don’t realise that at the time. Retrospectively you learn to appreciate the things you’re parents have done for you.”
6. What are your interests outside of soccer?
“I am currently studying and working. I work at a bank and I’m studying a double degree in journalism and law. I’m actually focusing more on the law side, I’m hoping to combine to some degree my current work at the bank with my law degree. Obviously there’s always going to be an interest in sports that could lead to me doing sports law. I’m hoping to combine either work and law or sport and law. I also like hanging out with mates on the weekend, going to coffee and breakfast places.”
7. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
“Out of curiosity, Donald Trump. Firstly because I’d love to know how he built his business empire because obviously he’s a very successful business man, a very successful Reel Estate person. I also just want to know what’s going on in his head with his tweets and policy decisions, it would just be interesting to see and hear his thought processes and where he’s at mentally. It would be eye opening.”
8. Which Richmond team member would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with and why?
“The person who I’d least like to be stuck with is also the person I’d most like to be stuck with. It’s going to be Dion Paola, he’d be the most entertaining person to live with on an island because he’s just a funny guy and I feel like he’d keep me entertained for as long as I’m there. But he’d also be the person I’d least like to be stuck with there because I don’t think he’s got the street smarts or the survival instincts to live on an island without technology. There would be benefits and negatives to having him on the island.”