Retre reaping the rewards of persistence

-

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

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

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

You can watch the A-League live for only $25 a month. Click here to read our review of Kayo Sports and to start your 14-day free trial.

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

“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.

Embed from Getty Images

“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

Latest Articles

How Australian Soccer Players Are Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis Abroad

Various soccer leagues around the globe have been buying the best footballers from any team in the world to get an edge. Australia is not...

Brisbane Roar open Talent ID centre on Far North Coast

For the first time in the region’s history, players on the Far North Coast now have a direct pathway to the A-League and W-League...
Jordan Warren
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.