Konstandopoulos now at a ‘bigger club’ with ‘more ambition’

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Nathan Konstandopoulos thrives as the new opportunity at Melbourne Victory inspires and drives a hunger to win.

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Konstandopoulos signed with Melbourne Victory early in the 2022/23 preseason, showing no regrets after leaving his hometown club Adelaide United.

Konstandopoulos enjoyed two separate seasons at The Reds, but he says he is now ready to take full advantage of playing at a ‘bigger club’.

“I was super excited to move to a big club with bigger ambition to win the title”, said Konstandopoulos.

“I couldn’t pass the opportunity to blossom in this team and improve my game by the players around me and also from a new coach.

“I left on really good terms with Adelaide the club itself. We mutually agreed that this opportunity was good for me.

“From the fans point of view moving across to Melbourne from Adelaide they didn’t take it particularly well. I expect to have a bit of animosity towards me and maybe a few boos and I embrace that. I look forward to that sort of challenge.

“I’ve always got a soft spot for Adelaide but now I’m fully focused for Victory.”

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The ninth new signing at Melbourne Victory of the 2022/23 pre-season, he has given the club added depth to increase their strong midfield.

“I think they have a really good, strong foundation here at Victory”, he said.

“There are senior boys here from two, three seasons now, [and] have got a really strong base.

“I really admire how Josh Brillante goes about his business. He’s very driven, very focused and a top professional.”

The former Socceroo midfielder isn’t the only teammate impressing Konstandopoulos, with club captain Leigh Broxham commanding admiration, too. Konstandopoulos is in awe of his professionalism and strong work ethic over such a long period of time at the club.

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Coming to such a big club like Melbourne Victory can be daunting, but the opportunity to work under Tony Popovic couldn’t be ignore. Konstandopoulos says he is in awe of the culture his new boss creates.

“Everyone’s really hungry and driven and it pushes everyone every day”, Konstandopoulos said.

“The culture is so good, every player no matter they’re young or old, they don’t think they’re too good for the club and they’re ready to put in the work.

“It’s a mentality of Melbourne Victory because we’re such a big club with a strong fan base. If we’re not winning the title or getting close to winning the title, it’s almost a failure and that’s a really good thing.

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“I’m already starting to see improvements in my game and I’ve only been here for three weeks so I can’t imagine what a full season will be like.

“I’m excited for that journey.”

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Lauren Hutchinson
Lauren Hutchinson
Business and Media Communications student at Monash University. A passion for sport and news reporting. Currently covering the Melbourne Victory for the 2022/23 season.

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