Why Stefan Colakovski left the premiers for the wooden spooners

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Many young Australian footballers dream of being in the starting 11 of a premiership A-League Men’s team. However, the dreams of Perth Glory’s new signing Stefan Colakovski aren’t what you’d expect…

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The 22-year-old’s career is already off to a flyer with many milestone achievements.

Colakovski has played with Melbourne City since the age of 15, making his professional ALM debut in 2019.

During his time at City, Colakovski helped the team top the table in the 2020/21 and the 2021/22 seasons. He was also in the starting 11 when City took out the championship in 2020/21.

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These achievements he looks back fondly on, his proudest moment being helping City secure the grand final win.

“That year was kind of my breakout year where I came off the bench quite a few times and helped the team finish off games and get some wins,” Colakovski said.

“In the finals period I was kind of thrown in the deep-end and was in the starting 11 for the semi-final and final.

“Obviously, I got an assist which I’ll never forget. To play a part in a championship-winning team that’s probably what I’ll always look back on for many years to come as one of the greatest moments of my career.”

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With City’s promising prospects for this season, and his family and friends all living in Melbourne, what made this young gun want to transfer across the country to the Glory?

Colakovski said Glory’s dire ladder position last season was actually a contributing factor to his decision to relocate.

“I think with Glory what I liked was that they finished rock bottom last year. They wanted to complete a whole new rebuild this year and bring in a lot of new players,” he said.

“I think I just wanted to be part of the rebuild and join a fresh environment.”

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Glory’s rebuild headed by Ruben Zadkovich is underway, but is yet to correlate to any points on the ladder.

Glory lost its first two game of the season against Western Sydney Wonderers 1-0 and  Newcastle Jets 2-1.

Colakovski said it wasn’t the start they had hoped for, but it doesn’t rule them out for the season.

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“We lost round one, but this is a completely new team. We’re starting off the season with five away games in a row,” he said.

“Not that that’s an excuse because we’re going into every game with a mindset to win, but it’s not an easy start for a completely new team.”

Zadkovich’s gamble may be one for the record books. Whether it pays off only time will tell and Colakovski will no doubt be dreaming of adding another championship to his list.

 

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Tylah Tully
Tylah Tully
Current journalism student in Perth. Fanatical sports fan. One of two writers covering the Perth Glory men and women’s teams for the 2022/23 season.

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