Vin­nie ready for chal­lenge YOUNG ACHIEVER By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - SPORT -

AF­TER spo­radic ap­pear­ances in the se­nior side over the last two years Myrtle­ford Savoy young­ster Vin­nie Paglia is set to play a key role in the side’s mid­field this sea­son.

The 17 year-old of­ten came on as a sub­sti­tute last year but with the de­par­tures of English­men Ar­ron Red­man and Lewis Hol­loway is set for more play­ing time in 2016.

Se­nior co-coach Jay­den Vescio said the op­por­tu­nity was there for the small statured mid­fielder af­ter star­ring in prac­tice dur­ing pre­sea­son train­ing.

“He was close last year, he was al­ways in the squad but only re­ally got a cou­ple of starts but I think he has shown enough to prob­a­bly take his soc­cer to the next level,” Vescio said.

“He did quite well when he started in games and scored.

“He puts a lot of hard work in, he’s en­thu­si­as­tic, he lis­tens to ev­ery­thing, takes crit­i­cism well and re­sponds to it.

“He will play in the mid­field or maybe even out wide, he has played a cou­ple of times there and been re­ally good, he doesn’t seem to get the re­spect he de­serves be­cause he is so small.

“His hard­est thing is play­ing like he trains and he knows that, he is a very good trainer and just has to take that into games now.

Paglia him­self is look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing Al­bury Wodonga Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son.

“Hope­fully we can bounce back from last year af­ter los­ing the cup, build the team again get back to where we want to be,” he said.

“I want to keep my spot in the se­niors, get in there and keep it.”

The Mar­ian Col­lege stu­dent showed some en­cour­ag­ing signs in the Savoys’ FFA Cup Vic­to­rian qual­i­fy­ing round match two weeks ago be­fore a red card late in the game ruled him out of last Satur­day’s 5-4 win over Dan­de­nong South.

“It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence for the club and great to get a win against a Mel­bourne team,” he said.

“It was a dif­fer­ent style of game, it was quicker and they were a bit big­ger bod­ies, we had quite a few se­nior guys out but ev­ery­one stepped up and did very well.”

Paglia said if the early sea­son signs are any­thing to go by the side will en­ter the sea­son in good nick es­pe­cially if they con­tinue their FFA Cup run.

“I think we will be up there again, we have been train­ing very well, it’s like we are al­ready into the middle of the sea­son the way we are train­ing.

“We are fit­ter, al­most all of us played 90 min­utes two weeks ago, we are very fit and will be ready to go round one.”

Paglia will get an­other chance to im­press this Satur­day when the Savoys take on North­ern City Wolves in the se­cond round of the FFA Cup.

ON THE RISE: Vin­nie Paglia is primed for a big sea­son with Myrtle­ford Savoy se­nior men this sea­son.

IN AC­TION: Vin­nie Paglia play­ing for Myrtle­ford Savoy last sea­son.

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