He made his first ever Hyundai A-League start for the Sky Blues against Brisbane Roar on Monday, and for defender Patrick Flottmann it’s been a long time coming.
We caught up with ‘Flotty’ for a quick chat about his start, the season as a whole, and how much he’s looking forward to lifting that Premiers Plate on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.
First start this season, you must be pleased?
It was good to start. I think it went well, disappointed we didn’t get the three points but I was happy to be out there and play the full 90.
You’ve been at the club for a while now across two stints, your first ever Hyundai A-League start has been a long time coming hasn’t it?
Yeah, but as a young player you have to be patient and wait for your opportunity and I was just happy I got my start and was able to play in the Hyundai A-League.
Has it been tough waiting for your chance?
Sometimes it can be hard when you’re a young player waiting for your opportunity but you have to keep a positive attitude and mindset and head into training everyday with the same attitude. You also try to improve every day and learn as much as you can from the older players. When that opportunity comes you’ve got to take it with both hands.
What’d you make of your performance against Brisbane?
I think I did alright, there’s definitely some areas I could improve in and I’ll have a look back at that when we go through the videos. I felt pretty comfortable out there.
Do you think you’ll feature this Saturday now?
I’m not too sure, I think Wilko will come back in, but you’ve always got to be ready you never know.
How have you found this season overall?
It’s been great, I’ve loved it this season. We’ve got a good bunch of lads and great coaching staff and there’s a really good vibe around the club. To get the Premiers Plate was the first tick of the box and now we’re looking to grab the Championship.
What do you want to get out of our remaining games?
Just win. We haven’t had a win in a couple of games so we need to get a win against Western this week and get the ball rolling. We need to get into that bit of form and carry it into the Finals Series.
Finally, you get to lift the Premiers Plate this Saturday, how good will that be?
It’ll be awesome. I’ve been at Sydney FC for a while now with the youth team, so to lift the Premiers Plate with the first team is going to be awesome and a great feeling. I’m just really proud that I’ll be there with the boys.