Melbourne Victory’s returning veteran Jason Geria determined to help club bounce back

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Jason Geria knows a thing or two about playing at AAMI Park, and he is hungry to turn things around for a club close to his heart.

When asked what he thought about Melbourne Victory, Geria simply said, “It’s always been a club that I’ve loved.”

The eight-year professional, who appeared in 107 games between 2013 and 2018 for Victory, is very much aware that this is not the same club as the one he left for Japan three years ago.

After falling to second-last on the table in the 2019-20 season, Victory recorded their first-ever last-place finish in club history in the most recent campaign.

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In spite of this apparent slide into mediocrity, coupled with a high rate of roster turnover and a lack of consistency within the coaching staff, Geria is confident that season 2021/22 will be a “positive” one.

“I don’t want to put a time frame on it, but I think it’s going to be a big change from what the last two years have been”, he said.

“Pre-season has been tough, but it’s been very meaningful work that we’ve been doing, everything has a purpose.”

Geria said that the biggest reason for his optimism, and one of the main factors in his decision to return, is the arrival of new manager Tony Popovic.

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Having coached many of Victory’s new signings during his time in Perth, Popovic has already gained the respect of many in the change rooms, and has taken little time to gain Geria’s approval as well.

“The thing that pushed me (to sign with Victory) was that Popa was the coach”, he said.

“He’s a very demanding coach, he demands the best at all times, and no one can escape accountability which is a really good thing.”

On an individual level, Geria said he believes he can definitely provide a new level of experience and knowledge about the game that he didn’t have during his prior stint at the club.

“I think I grew a lot as a person, but on the pitch as well, I think I understand the game a bit more,” he said.

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He added that his time spent in Perth was particularly eye-opening in terms of getting an outside perspective on how his current club is viewed around the league.

“You’re not really aware of the magnitude of Melbourne Victory until you’re somewhere else…people hold the club in such a high regard,” he said.

Featured image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Mitchell Turner
Third Year Undergraduate Arts Student at Monash University (Journalism Major). Generic sports tragic living out my failed dreams of going pro vicariously through other people.

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