Returning to his home city, new Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic believes he has everything necessary at the Sky Blues to bring out his best football.
While it’s a family homecoming for the 31 year old shotstopper, it’s also a footballing reunion that sees him link up with the coach that shaped his career as he links up again with Goalkeeping Coach John Crawley.
“When I look at the football side of things the thing that excited me the most was working with John Crawley again,” he said.
“He was my first goalkeeper coach as a 13 year old and taught me pretty much everything I know about goalkeeping.
“His style of goalkeeping and the way he teaches I think really works well with me so I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“I think when I was playing some of my best football at the Mariners it was under him and I really feel he’s got what it takes to get me back and I’m really confident I can do that.”
Family is Vukovic’s number one priority and he said it was a prime opportunity to return to his city of birth with the best interests of his extended family at heart.
“In the end it was an easy decision to come home, it’s been 12 years since I’ve been back home,” he said.
“It’s been well documented I’ve had a few issues off the field with my family and as wonderful as football is my family is my priority.
“It’s comforting knowing that my family is here with the support of our extended family and I think that’s definitely going to help get me back to my best on the pitch.
“It was a good opportunity to come back, I was in talks with Arnie for a while and it just feels like things are falling nicely into place. I’m starting with a clean slate here and putting myself in the best environment to get back to my best football.”
Sydney FC are next in action against the Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday 26 July (kick off 7:30pm). Tickets are priced at $12 for adults, $5 for children and concessions and $25 for a family.
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