McGowan looks to help Sydney go back-to-back

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After plying his trade in Europe and Asia for over a decade, Sydney FC’s defensive addition Ryan McGowan says now is the perfect time to make his A-League debut.

Despite the 30-year-old struggling with injury setbacks – most notably a serious knee injury in 2018 – McGowan is looking to make his mark in the backline to help the Sky Blues go back-to-back.

The fringe Socceroo defender has 20 caps for the national side but has not been selected since the World Cup qualifier playoffs in late 2017.

He said he hoped his performances for the Sky Blue’s over the next three years could put him back into national team contention but his main goal was to enjoy his football.

“I’ve always seen that if you’re playing well for your club and putting performances in that are high quality then it puts me in that frame,” he said.

“First and foremost I’m looking to do well with Sydney and if that means a call-up (to the Socceroos) then so be it, but if not, at least I know I’m performing well at club level and putting pressure on the boys that are in the national squad.”

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The central defender’s overseas experience with Scottish club Dundee FC, English team Bradford City FC and UAE’s Al-Sharjah should instil confidence in the club’s ability to take home the trophy again.

“I always set myself quite high standards throughout my career so I’ll be wanting to make sure my performance levels are high this season,” he said.

McGowan will face off against his younger brother Dylan McGowan, who signed a three-year deal with Western Sydney Wanderers, for the first time on the pitch in an eagerly awaited Sydney derby in round three.

The Adelaide-born defender’s move to Sydney came for a number of reasons and he said he was excited to join the championship side as soon as the opportunity arose.

“It was a combination of a few things. I was out of contract in the UK and I was in that mindset of taking the best option,” he said.

“There were a few options in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Sydney ticked the most boxes and it was something that as soon as I heard they were interested I went straight on the forefront.”

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McGowan’s addition to the back-five will be key in their dominance this season and provides the confidence they can become the second side in history to win back-to-back grand finals.

The true test for the A-League debutant will come on October 11 in round one when Sydney travel to Coopers Stadium to take on Adelaide United.

Feature image credit: Jamie Castaneda

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Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.