Marocchi Expecting Bigger Things

After a productive off-season, club captain Joshua Marocchi believes the UWA side has the potential to stun the pundits in the All Flag State League Division One.

Marocchi is expecting much improvement in the 2016 season after a disappointing season for both the team and himself in 2015. “Realistically I believe we can have an excellent season,” Marocchi explains. “The new players who have joined the team can have a major impact in helping the team move forward and finish strongly in the top half this season. Seeing us collect a few victories against the top sides will help build our character and confidence, knowing that we have it in us to beat any side in this league.”

Marocchi also reflected on his personal game, “Personally, 2016 provides the right platform to correct a few wrongs after a disappointing campaign in 2015. A new coach has given me a fresh start and reinvigorated me after I lost a bit of passion. Some clean sheets in 2016 defensively would be ideal and to show that progress is being made across our defensive line.”

New coach Michael Janssen has been a key contributor to the club’s new direction, and Marocchi believes he is the right man to steer the club into newfound heights. “Michael has been impressive ever since I met him,” Marocchi said. “Michael has an excellent football brain and brings with him a clear vision and direction for our team to follow. One approach Michael has brought with him is possession football. Players are being forced to be more comfortable in pressure situations and this is helping us all improve. I look forward to the season ahead with Michael at the helm.”

Despite losing a few key players, Marocchi thinks the new look side has only improved. “A number of fresh faces have come into the club in 2016 to give the squad depth and support across all areas. The likes of Conor Devlin, Andrew Xydas and Michael Vlasich are excellent acquisitions by the club and will be pivotal to our success.” However, Marocchi admits that it is hard to compare the squad to the rest of the league, “It is hard to gauge our club in comparison to the other teams as we have only played Joondalup United and Gosnells in pre-season,” Marocchi explains. “We all know the likes of Mandurah and Ashfield will be strong, but I like the fact that we come in relatively unknown with a number of fresh faces.”

Marocchi will lead out UWA into their season opener against reigning Division One champions Mandurah City FC at home this Saturday the 9th of April at 3:00pm.