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There’s been a lot of turnover in the squad. How have the new guys fit­ted in? The new guys have fit­ted in re­ally well. Ob­vi­ously they’re all good foot­ballers, and they’re good guys as well. We’re just very ex­cited to have them on board and ex­cited for the sea­son to start proper.

Is there any of the new sign­ings that have caught your eye?

I’ve been very, very ex­cited to see what Tommy Hiariej has got to of­fer. He’s a very good player and you can tell already how sharp he is, how much he wants to be here and how much he wants to win games. He’s one that comes to mind on who will be a big player for us this sea­son. You’ve got ex-Jets An­drew Hoole and Ben Kennedy at the club now. Will that spice up the F3 derby with the New­cas­tle Jets? A lot has been writ­ten about the last few years of the F3 derby but if any­one saw the last game we had against them, at our home ground, I know it was for the wooden spoon, but the heat was def­i­nitely there. I’m just thrilled to be play­ing with Hooley again. I played with him at Young Soc­ceroos level and he’s a fan­tas­tic player and a fan­tas­tic ac­qui­si­tion. Also Ben Kennedy who helps our goal­keep­ing stocks. With Roy go­ing that way it might end up be­ing a nar­ra­tive for the fans and the jour­nal­ists alike. But for us it’s just an­other game and we play them in the first game and we need to try and win it.

You fin­ished eighth last sea­son, what’s the goal for the new cam­paign?

We’ve haven’t set an ini­tial goal re­ally, we just want to play well and win as many games as pos­si­ble. We’re con­fi­dent we can win a lot more games than we did last sea­son and the sea­son be­fore, and wher­ever that takes us is wher­ever we’ll end up fin­ish­ing. We’re not putting any em­pha­sis on a set fin­ish, we just want to try and go out there and win as many games as pos­si­ble. Last sea­son you can see the growth and im­prove­ment of the team un­der Paul Okon. Has that given the club a pos­i­tive feel go­ing into the new cam­paign? Ab­so­lutely. That’s what he would have been look­ing for as well, to put his stamp on the foot­ball team. Ob­vi­ously in­her­it­ing a squad last year he’d want to put his own spin on things. The game plan was ad­vanced for this sea­son too so it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for this cam­paign in par­tic­u­lar.

What does the coach want to see from you in­di­vid­u­ally this sea­son?

I think much the same. He wants me to cre­ate chances for the other boys and per­son­ally I want to score a few more goals. If I’m mak­ing chances for my team­mates, then that’s my pri­mary job as a winger, and then just chip in when I can.

Have you got any par­tic­u­lar goals that you want to reach this sea­son?

Scor­ing more goals is an area I want to im­prove. I was happy with my sea­son last sea­son and the only thing maybe was scor­ing a few more goals. I had a few chances, a few times I was a bit un­lucky, but that’s some­thing in my game that I would like to im­prove more. But just do much of the same and get at full­backs and cre­ate chances, hope­fully have a good cam­paign.

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