Sydney FC Unveil New Defender Nikola Petkovic
Sydney FC have unveiled new signing Nikola Petkovic ahead of Sunday’s final pre-season game against Perth Glory at Kogarah (Kick off 4pm).
Sydney FC have unveiled new signing Nikola Petkovic ahead of Sunday-s final pre-season game against Perth Glory at Kogarah (Kick off 4pm).
The new defender arrived in the country last weekend and has spent the last week adapting to the conditions and Sky Blues style of play.
“My first week is nice, I have little problem because of the time difference between Australia and Europe but everything is ok and I-m really happy,” said the 27 year old.
“Everyone at the club has really helped me and I hope it will continue to be that way.
“The coach wants to play the short passes and we can play football which is very important and I believe this style will be very good for us.”
Head Coach Frank Farina said: “He-s a good defender with experience but still relatively young and he-s looking good and ready to go.
“Conditionally he-s right up to speed with the other players which I was a little bit surprised about.
"I didn-t think he-d be as fit as he is so it-s great that he-s come in in good condition and he-ll start this Sunday against Perth and I-m looking forward to seeing him in action.”
Farina will name a strong squad with the game the final hit out before the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season starts against the Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium in October 11th.
New captain Alessandro Del Piero is also a chance of playing after being named in Farina-s squad.
“We-ll assess Ale-s situation and he-s in our squad,” said the Head Coach. “He hasn-t played for us yet this season and like all players needs game time, so we-ll take a look at how he comes through training on Saturday before we make any decision.”
Gates open at 3pm at the WIN Jubilee Oval in Kogarah with the kick off at 4pm. Fans can purchase tickets through Ticketek or at the gate.
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