What do you think of the new kit and its similarities to Manchester City?
It’s nice, with the connection we all knew the day was coming and it’s a lovely kit.
It’s now your second season in the ALeague, what’s the club’s big vision?
I think they’ve set the benchmark in facilities and the way things are done. Hopefully the rest of the A-League follows and it can get bigger. We want the A-League to be a global brand and they’re helping along the way. Hopefully the football club and City Group will combine and do a fantastic job which they are currently doing right now.
How do Melbourne City’s facilities compare to what you experienced in England?
They’re good here. I’ve worked in England, every club is different, some clubs are better and some are not. What is provided to us is fantastic. There’s everything that you need, that’s what you want and that’s what the A-League needs. It needs all the clubs to try to step up to be competitive on and off the pitch. That’s what the English Premier League has done over the years. Someone gets a good training ground and then the next club gets a better training ground and it creates competition. It makes everything a lot better and we all want the league to grow. You didn’t win the league last season, but got the FFA Cup. Was the team happy with its achievements? We tried to win every competition, but we understand there’s only one team that can actually do that. We were happy with the FFA Cup. We set out to win that and we did. We’re just trying to take every game as it comes this season and see where it takes us and if we can get some consistency like we did at the start of last season, we can create that throughout the whole season.
What do you make of the new signings?
The club have kept a lot of players from last year which is fantastic – as players, we don’t know which players are going to come during transfer period. We can only do things in our control, that’s playing football and trying to get as fit as possible in this period and that’s what we’re trying to do. That’s what the manager is trying to do and we’re all just trying to get match fit.
How have you found Warren Joyce?
He’s a fantastic manager, coach and as person as well, he’s a great guy. I’m sure he’ll be a massive success here.
Did you know much about Joyce in England?
I knew of him through the grapevine, but now we’re working with Warren and his reputation and the clubs that he’s worked at previously before City were fantastic clubs. He’s had massive success at producing players and I’m sure he’ll get success here and produce a few good youngsters as well because there’s some really good ones at the club.
Coming into your second A-League season, how are you feeling?
Life is good, my wife and kids are here. I’ve settled in well and the club is fantastic to me. I just want to carry on trying to be as good a player I can and if I can do that, keep progressing, getting better and better then hopefully it’ll be a successful season for myself and the team.