For most aspiring young footballers it’s the stuff dreams are made of but the dream will become a reality for Sydney FC Youth Team player Antony Golec.
For most aspiring young footballers it-s the stuff dreams are made of but the dream will become a reality for Sydney FC Youth Team player Antony Golec tomorrow night when he lines up for the Sky Blues in the most anticipated clash of the Hyundai A-League season.
John Kosmina has drafted the 18-year-old to start in central defence against Melbourne in the absence of injured Captain, Tony Popovic and suspended stopper, Iain Fyfe, and the former Sydney United player can-t wait to take on the Victory on their home turf.
“I-m quite confident actually,” he said after training today. “There-s obviously going to be some nerves for the first 5 or 10 minutes of the game but after that I should be alright. I-ll take this opportunity with both hands and it should be a good game.”
It should be the first of many Hyundai A-League matches for the big defender, with Sydney FC today signing him up to the senior squad on a two-year deal, which will come into effect next season.
“I-ve been working for this for quite a long time now,” said Golec. “I remember 3 or 4 years ago watching A-League players and now all of a sudden I-m here. I-m quite pleased.”
Golec won-t be the only player getting an opportunity to shine in a Sydney shirt tomorrow night at the Telstra Dome.
After joining FC this week as a short-term injury replacement, 24-year-old full-back Beau Busch will also be thrown straight into the action against Melbourne.
“I do feel nervous, definitely but I-ll take that as a good sign that I-m ready to go,” said Busch. “If I wasn-t nervous I-d be worried.”
Kosmina isn-t worried about his new recruits handling the pressure, and believes they-ll rise to the big occasion.
“You-ve got to look at it as a challenge. I think the players we-ve got coming in are up to the task, they-re hungry, they-re keen,” he said. “Sometimes you need to be thrown in at the deep end and see if you sink or swim and I think these guys will swim comfortably.”
The Sydney FC mentor believes his side can bounce back from its last-start loss to Perth, despite having a poor record against the Victory.
“It-s always a special game against Melbourne. They-ve probably got the wood on Sydney at the Telstra Dome so maybe we can change things around.”
Sydney-s blockbuster against Melbourne kicks off at the Telstra Dome tomorrow night at 7:00pm.