After impressing in year one, Marcus Stavrou is looking to keep a good thing going in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: Northern Blues Football Club)
Marcus Stavrou wants to “repay the faith” shown in him by his coaches and club when he fronts up for the Northern Blues in 2018.
One of three youngsters who committed to the Blues last month, Stavrou has returned to pre-season primed for a big summer.
Stavrou echoed the sentiments of Mason Blakey for the reason of his re-signing, saying he wanted to be part of an environment which he thoroughly enjoyed in 2017.
“I love my time here, I came here to really enjoy my footy and get the best out of myself: there was nothing better than playing senior football in Round 1,” Stavrou said.
“The club’s given me a great opportunity and all the coaches are behind me and the rest of the players.
“It was an easy decision to re-sign and repay that faith.”
They're back for 2018.
Mason Blakey, Kane Keppel and Marcus Stavrou have re-signed with the NBFC! ????????????
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) November 29, 2017
Playing the most games of any first-year Northern Blue in 2017, Stavrou mixed his traditional midfield role with one in defence.
Despite the new surroundings, Stavrou flourished, and said he was hoping to take both areas of his game to the next level.
“Without a doubt I’m ahead of where I was 12 months ago: it was a new experience playing down back,” Stavrou said.
“The boys including ‘Fridge’ (Cameron O’Shea) and even Liam Jones were helpful for me and hopefully I can step up this year, I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m also hoping to improve both the inside and outside parts of my game and contribute wherever I can.”
As Northern edges closer to the one-month mark of pre-season, Stavrou forecasted that the conditions and training would continue to get tougher.
He said a number of his teammates — both old and new — were making strong impressions as the Christmas break draws closer.
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— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) December 7, 2017
“The intensity’s going up and up. We’ve got a younger group this year but we’re gelling really well, there’s an enthusiasm around the place,” Stavrou said.
“Deven Costigan has started with flying colours and will hopefully get a full pre-season under his belt after missing it last year.
“Then there are guys like Alex Federico who we saw play a few senior games last year and hasn’t missed a beat.”
With improvement always on the agenda from both an individual and team viewpoint, Stavrou said the collective goal was clear for 2018.
“First of all as a club, we’re aiming to make finals having just missed out on percentage,” Stavrou said.
“Personally, I want to continue where I left off with my nine games last year: hopefully I can build on that, make a big contribution to the club and see where it can take us.”