Young Guns - Peter Triantis

As the Sydney FC players recharge their batteries for what is expected to be an incredibly tough pre season, we speak with the Young Guns who emerged as future mainstays of the Sky Blues outfit for 2013/14 and beyond. This week we speak to National Youth League Player of the Year Peter Triantis.

As the Sydney FC players recharge their batteries for what is expected to be an incredibly tough pre season, we speak with the Young Guns who emerged as future mainstays of the Sky Blues outfit for 2013/14 and beyond. This week we speak to National Youth League Player of the Year Peter Triantis.

As a 21-year-old, Peter Triantis started the 2012/13 season knowing he had one shot at impressing the A-League coaching staff before his age prevented him from another shot through the Youth Team.

Boy did he take it.

Triantis was a revelation, coming from nowhere to become an important part of the A-League squad-s resurgence, playing 14 matches in the top flight, highlighted by his scorching winner against Brisbane Roar at Allianz Stadium in round 20.

Diminutive in stature but giant-hearted in the middle of midfield, his performances earned a two-year A-League contract for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons as well as the 2012/13 NYL Player of the Year award.

With his new A-League contract tucked under his arm, Triantis answered five key questions before heading off for a well-deserved break.

What was your highlight for the 2012/13 season? Definitely against Brisbane Roar scoring the goal. I think it was … after a long, hard season breaking into the first team - it summed up the season for me.

Is there a lowlight? I think getting knocked out and not making the finals. That last game when we had to win against Brisbane Roar, not getting the result. Once it set in it was really disappointing for us.

What was your personal highlight for the season? Achieving goals. I set out to break into the first team and now that I-ve achieved that I-ll set further goals. Every footballer dreams and I will do the same thing.

What are you looking forward to about pre season? The running. It-s hard work but you look forward to hard work so we can start the season a lot better than we did this year

Which team mate stood out for you in 2012/13? Everyone looks at Alessandro Del Piero as a leader of our team but I think someone like Rhyan Grant who just put the hard yards in every game and was so consistent for us really had a good year.

The next Sydney FC in Business lunch will be held at the IVY on Wednesday 19 June. Our distinguished keynote speaker of this event is one of Australia-s most influential and experienced media executives, David Gyngell, Chief Executive Officer of Nine Entertainment Co. Pty Ltd. Tickets start from $200 per seat or $1,800 for a table of 10 incl GST, to secure your place contact Nic Barbato on 8314 5100 or email a completed booking form to nicb@sydneyfc.com