Many Melbourne Victory fans won’t know who Lucas Spinella is right now.

But they will soon.

At 192 cm’s tall, the 20 year old Melbourne local has been putting in impressive performances in Victory’s Youth league and no doubt has a big future ahead of him.

But despite not getting much of a look into the first team, the young keeper is realistic about his progress.

“I’m not expecting to play and to start at the biggest club in the country when I’m 20,” explained Spinella.

“I’m working hard, doing the right things, training as good as I can, playing as good as I can and whatever happens, happens.”

Although his career is just starting, it was almost a different story for Spinella.

“When I was younger I played both footy (AFL) and soccer. I had soccer on the Saturday and Footy on the Sunday.

“Eventually when I was 12 I picked soccer exclusively.”

Spinella then went on to play many seasons at FC Bulleen Lions who he says were vital in his development as a footballer, despite off field politics that unfortunately surround most local clubs.

“It was awesome for me” Spinella explained, “I didn’t get muddled in too much politics at all.

“I just played and worked hard there. I pretty much stayed there until I was in the NTC (National Training Centre) program.”

After his time at the NTC program Spinella jetted off to Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport where he explained that he developed not only his game but his professionalism.

“Being a young keeper there and playing every week as a 15 year old playing against some A-League players in the National Youth league was very good for me.”

Despite getting a few offers from other A-League clubs, Spinella’s heart was set on Victory.

“I was pretty set on Victory, that was my goal. It was the club I grew up supporting and I was a Melbourne boy.

“There were some kind of talks with other clubs but in my mind I only had one club I wanted to be at, so everything else was just noise.”

Although having great success on the football pitch Spinella, then still at school, was determined not to let his studies slip.

“At the end of the day I could make excuses but there are 24 hours in a day. I can still work hard on football and my studies.

“Both the school (Carey Baptist Grammar School) and the club made it very easy for me.

“There were some sessions I had to miss because I had a practice exam or I’d miss a lot of class and the teachers would help me out.

“I had a lot of support from everyone to make it a lot easier.”

And that support paid off as now Spinella is studying Psychology at Deakin University when he isn’t between the sticks at Gosch’s paddock.

With the likes of Lawrence Thomas and Matt Acton ahead of him in the goalkeeping ranks, Spinella is using their experience to help further his game.

“The way they train, what they do off the field, the way they approach games there are a lot of things that a young keeper can benefit from being around that experience.”

With the NPL Victoria season and a long career ahead Spinella is just focusing on the here and now.

“I want to do all the right things and just see what happens,” he added.

“Its hard to answer that question of what I want to do when I don’t know what the future holds.

“All I’m focusing on is what I can do and what’s best for my football.”

 

 

 

 

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