Danaskos desires for second A-league shot

Fullback Troy Danaskos is determined to impress in the A-League again after leaving the Wellington Phoenix.

Danaskos joined the Phoenix at the start of the 2015/2016 season on a one-year deal and left the club after making six appearances. 

The defender, who came through the system at Sydney Olympic, enjoyed his stint at the Kiwi outfit.

“My time in Wellington was an unbelievable experience,” he told FourFourTwo.

“It was my first taste of professional football and I feel that I accustomed myself well in a new environment as well as a new country.  It was disappointing not to get another deal.

“I feel like when called upon I played well, did my job and made a difference. But that is football and in terms of the mental side of things I think you have to use it as ammunition to be more determined and driven to be successful.

“I am very ambitious and always striving to better my game. After making appearances in the A-League I feel that I matched the quality that the A-League possesses.”

Danaskos made his A-League debut off the bench against Adelaide United last year, and then made his first full start against the Reds in December.

“My starting debut against Adelaide was made easier by gaining some experience off the bench in games before hand against Sydney and Adelaide respectively,” he said.

“I felt like a put in a solid performance both in attack and defence despite the result and Ernie thought the same.”

Wellington endured a difficult campaign in 2015/2016, finishing second-last with just seven wins. But the left back believes the Phoenix can turn things around in the upcoming season.

“With the quality that Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler possess, as well as the quality that is already at the club, I don't see why they can't be pushing for title aspirations and finals football next season,” Danaskos said.

The Australian got into football at the age of five.

Danakos cames from great footballing stock with his father Tony having played in the NSL for St George while his uncles George and Paul Souris starred for Wollongong and Marconi.

The 24-year old said all three have had a strong influence on him.

“Football runs in the family,” he said.

“During my junior years, Dad coached me during my youth at Menai Hawks and representative football at Sydney Olympic FC.

“With this, both my uncles were always helping me with my football both on and off the pitch, which I feel has allowed me to establish some strong routines and mannerisms to becoming a footballer.”