Knights star re­veals bat­tle

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - BRENT O’NEILL @Bren­t_ONeill

GOLD Coast Knights cap­tain An­drew Barisic has re­vealed his strug­gles ad­just­ing to life in the Gold Coast Premier League af­ter more than a decade play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally across the world.

Speak­ing in the lat­est edi­tion of the Gold Coast Bul­letin’s Round Ball Round Up pod­cast, the 32-year-old opened up about join­ing the powerhouse Knights in 2017 fol­low­ing a two-year stint in Hong Kong.

“It was hard com­ing from over­seas and then go­ing straight to the Gold Coast Premier League,” said Barisic, who also spent time in Ger­many, In­done­sia, In­dia, China and in the A-League with Gold Coast United.

“The Melbourne NPL was pretty much my go-to ev­ery time I had a break over in Asia or was just wait­ing for con­tracts, so I was used to that stan­dard and then com­ing back here it wasn’t the eas­i­est.

“But I had to learn to ad­just and it’s good now go­ing back to the level above (in the NPL next sea­son).

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it and the chal­lenge. The next thing is to go and win the NPL.”

Barisic is on the come­back from off-sea­son an­kle surgery.

An­drew Barisic.

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