Retre reaping the rewards of persistence

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Sydney FC utility Paulo Retre is finding himself as one of the key men in the team after a patient three seasons at the club.

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Injuries, along with the recent departure of championship winner Brandon O’Neill to South Korea has given Retre more minutes this season.

The 26-year-old is enjoying his best form and has signed a new deal with Sydney as a result.

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“I still think I have strides to make,” he said.

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“Now I am just looking to play as much as I can and play the whole season out.

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His initial days at Sydney were largely spent as an understudy to O’Neill and Josh Brillante during two monumental seasons for the Sky Blues.

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Now the former Melbourne City man is through the barrier and understood what he had to do to get where he is.

“I knew it was going to be tough to come into the side when I joined because they were record-breakers that season,” he said.

“Everyone wants to play but you can’t be too hard on yourself.

“I understood this was part of the conditions of the club being so successful.”

Retre never thought of leaving and wanted to prove himself to be a top player even through difficult periods.

“It’s not always easy sitting on the bench and watching others play,” he said.

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“I knew I just had to bide my time a little bit.

“The club had been fantastic to me and there was no reason to go elsewhere to be honest.”

Sydney are virtually unstoppable in the league, but according to Retre the side still has a lot to work on.

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“We’ve been playing well particularly last week against (Melbourne) Victory,” he said.

“The last couple of games have felt a bit tighter.

“We are just looking to keep the consistency going the whole season.”

Feature image credit: Jaime 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.

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