New Melbourne Victory signing Daniel Georgievski is hoping his European and Champions League experience can help lift his new club to success this season.
Georgievski signed for Victory last week after his contract at Steaua Bucharest in Romania expired at the end of the 2013-14 season.
The defender had been in Europe since moving from Marconi Stallions at the age of 18 and has played 20 times for the Macedonia national team.
Georgievski believes his time in Europe lifted him to a new level and he is ready to bring his game to the A-League.
“It definitely built my game up to a new level,” Georgievski said. “It built my mind and my body experience-wise, so I’d like to bring that in to my game here as a Melbourne Victory player.”
The 26-year-old has Champions League experience after playing 11 games in the competition last season, including against the likes of Chelsea.
“It was an experience,” he said. “It’s something else.
“As a child I would wake up to watch the Champions League and to actually be playing against the likes of Torres, Eto’o and Hazard was a dream come true.”
Georgievski is traditionally a right-back but the Blacktown born player says he can play on either side of the centre-backs.
“I’m a worker,” he said. “Whatever the coach says you do, you do it.”
Victory also have Scott Galloway and Jason Geria as other full-back options this season, with Georgievski is excited to fight for his spot in the team.
“It’s good to have competition,” he said. “Obviously it’s part of the game. If there was only one player for each position that would make it a lot easier.”
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat was delighted with the capture of Georgievski and to add some depth to his defensive options.
“First and foremost it was about getting some real serious competition and some real serious depth in those areas,” Muscat said.
“We’ve got three very good young full-backs and they’ll be throughout the season called in to various national teams as well.”
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