1. What do you love most about soccer?
“Winning with a bunch of friends, being part of a team and winning games and trophies is fulfilling and amazing.”
2. What drew you to play for Richmond Soccer Club?
“I recently moved to Melbourne from Sydney. I was training with another team in the NPL when Savas called up to see if there were any Goalkeepers available. I was mentioned and I came down and trained for about four weeks and got the go. So far so good.”
3. How do you think that the team will go for the rest of this year?
“We’ve hit a bit of form, in the last five games we’ve lost one, drawn two and won two and we’ve picked up eight points out of a possible fifteen. I think at the moment we’re getting some traction, we’re moving forward and we’re not at the bottom. I think that staying up in the league is 100 percent possible and it’s going to happen.”
4. What is your best personal sporting moment?
“I think the best one would be winning the New South Wales NPL grand final with Blacktown City. I was 18 at the time and I got a call up to Sydney FC about a week afterwards. It was just a really good time for my career. I also won the grand final two years ago with Northern Tigers, beating my former club which was Bankstown City.”
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
“I don’t really have someone like that, a biggest inspiration. I’ve got a lot of footballers that I love to watch and I appreciate their talents and drive, but there are millions of them out there. I’ve never been the type to see someone and think ‘oh I’m so motivated.’ I get my motivation elsewhere, from within. My own goals and targets and the feeling of achieving them is the main thing which motivates me the most.”
6. What are your interests outside of soccer?
“Surfing, golf, motocross and work. I work in the machinery hiring business, I’ve been doing it for 3 and a half years, its fun. My other interest is my partner Eliza, she takes up a lot of time but I like it.”
7. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
“The Dalai Lama. Buddhism is very interesting to me as a way of living and I’d just like to sit down and pick his brain and see what he sees, look through his eyes for a night.”
8. Which Richmond team member would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with and why?
“Ratti (Ratip Cileli,) because he’d talk my ear off about anything under the sun. He just wouldn’t stop.”