Fresh start in a familiar place for Ben Garuccio

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With the off-season being a place of uncertainty, it brought a sense of familiarity for Ben Garuccio and Melbourne City.

Having got his first professional start at the age of 17 for then Melbourne Heart, Garuccio decided in the offseason to return to his former club to play some regular football.

Garuccio admitted that a phone call from coach Patrick Kisnorbo urging him to come back and help the team build on their 2019-20 season success helped him decide.

“The fact that I’ve played here before makes it even easier to transition.”

Having played with Kisnorbo as a teammate, this season their relationship will be that of player-coach.

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Garuccio admitted the transition was one that was quite strange at first, however he did admit “he is the best captain I’ve ever had.”

“He’s the same; he’s got high demands.”

With a club and manager who are a team first, Garuccio’s goals are ultimate to help the team win, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting his personal goals.

“I just want to come back and enjoy my football again and hopefully get back to playing my best, which is something I haven’t felt like I’ve been able to do the last couple of years.”

Having already achieved the dream of so many young Australians by playing in Europe, Garuccio admitted that playing for Hearts of Midlothian F.C was a real learning experience, being young and naive.

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“The way things worked out with the club just wasn’t the best; I didn’t feel like I got the opportunity I needed after coming back from injury.

“For now, I’m just focused on the next two years.”

Garuccio has become a considerably more mature player with greater spatial awareness and a vastly improved game.

The new signing is sure to bolster City’s chances of winning the elusive premiers plate so long as the team remains fit.

Feature Image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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