Vinnie ready for challenge YOUNG ACHIEVER By JUSTIN JENVEY
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.