Knights striker Stipo Andrijasevic says he and his teammates will be looking to build on the solid finish to the 2014 NPL Victoria season, in what the mid-season signing labeled as a “difficult task” when he joined at the Club.
The 21-year-old arrived at Somers Street during the mid-season transfer season from Goulburn Valley Suns at a time when Andrew Marth’s men were sitting in second last on the table and were plagued with injuries.
Marth’s men then went on to qualify for the inaugural FFA Cup, win the 2014 Dockerty Cup and end the season with five wins from the last seven games, which Andrijasevic says he wants to replicate in 2015.
“Last year we finished pretty strong,” Andrijasevic said.
“Coming into a team that was sitting second bottom, we had a pretty difficult task.
“We set our season around the Dockerty Cup which was the main goal, and the FFA Cup once we qualified, so we’re pretty much looking to replicate the same thing this year, and potentially make the finals which we’re aiming for.
“So that’s going to be the main goals: do well in the Dockerty, try and make the FFA Cup and hopefully do well in the season and make the finals.”
Now looking towards his first full season at the Club, Andrijasevic said re-signing wasn’t a difficult task.
“I’m very excited [about the new season].
“I came halfway through last year and played pretty well. The Club and all the players were very welcoming, so signing on wasn’t a hard decision to make.”
When asked about his goals for the 2015 PS4 NPL Victoria season, the Knights forward – who finished as equal top goal scorer at the Club – said his ambition was very simple.
“As any striker, I want to score as many goals as I can – just get on the scoresheet week in week out,” Andrijasevic said.
“I just want to help the team and win as many games as we can, so that’s pretty much my personal goal – to play as well as I can and score as many goals because the more I score the better the team does.”
Andrijasevic will get his first opportunity to kick off his season goal tally in the first competitive game of the year when the Knights take on Sydney United on January 25 for the annual Friendship Cup between the two clubs.
Having not been at the Club during the last pre-season, this will be the former Suns man’s first Friendship Cup, which he says he’s excited about.
“I’m looking forward to it – I’ve never had a chance to do these types of things before.”
“I’m quite keen on playing in that and hopefully winning it because it gives you a one-up on probably the second best Croatian team in the country. It’s a good rivalry but it also gives the fans something to look at and get down to watch so it’s going to be good.”
Knights take on Sydney United at Knights Stadium on Janurary 25th, with kick off at 6PM. Andrew Marth’s men start their National Premier Leagues campaign also at home, to newly-promoted Avondale FC on February 20th at 8.30PM.