No signs of second season syndrome for Sotirio

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Now in his second season at Wellington Phoenix, Jaushua Sotirio has high hopes for himself and for his team. With his versatility and speed, Sotirio is likely to be key to Wellington being successful in an attacking sense this year.

With stiff competition in high-profile imports Tomer Hemed and Gary Hooper for the starting striker positions, Sotirio has his work cut out for him. Despite this, his pace and ability to get in behind defences offers a point of difference to the Phoenix attack.

Additionally, Sotirio has the ability to play any of the front four positions in either a 4-2-3-1 or the current 4-2-2-2 system that the Phoenix are playing. This provides the former Wanderer an opportunity to be a constant fixture in Ufuk Talay’s side.

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“Look generally I’m a winger but I’m enjoying playing as a striker” said Sotirio.

“To be honest, I’m grateful playing whatever position. I just hope that I do my best for myself and for the team.”

Sotirio was in impressive form in pre-season, scoring four goals in six matches.

“Hopefully, this season the goals continue. I’ve had a good pre-season, so hopefully that form continues into the season. That’d be great for myself and for the team,” he said.

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Sotirio attributes his pre-season success to putting time and effort into areas of his game that he felt he needed to work on.

“In the off-season I’ve been working really hard. For me, what I needed to work on, was the finishing side of things compared to last year.”

Setting himself a personal target of scoring eight to ten goals for this season demonstrates Sotirio’s intentions. The attacker feels that if he reaches this target it will help his side achieve their collective goal of challenging for the title.

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