Izzo: No point to prove to the Reds

Central Coast’s Olyroos goalkeeper Paul Izzo says he doesn’t have a point to prove this weekend when he faces former club Adelaide United for the first time.

The 21-year-old left Adelaide for the Mariners in the off-season in search of further opportunities after being back-up to Eugene Galekovic for three years.

In an unusual quirk, the Mariners play the Reds three times in the last 13 rounds of the season, but the talented youngster missed last month’s encounter against the Reds due to Olyroos duty.

“The first thing I did when I saw the fixtures come out was look at when we play Adelaide and when I get to go back home and play against Adelaide,” Izzo told FourFourTwo.

“Unfortunately I missed out on the first one as I was with the Olyroos and came back injured. 

“That only made me hungry again coming up against them again.”

Adelaide-born Izzo only made six appearances during his four years with the Reds, but said he had nothing against the club.

“I don’t have a point to prove to Adelaide,” Izzo said. 

“Adelaide was fantastic to me, the club was great, the boys were great for me. 

“I’m still very good friends with all the boys there. That’s the exciting part, playing against some old team-mates.”

After a mixed season at Central Coast, which has drawn some criticism, Izzo is determined to be better for his maiden campaign as a number one stopper.

“I’d like my performances to be a lot better,” he said. 

“I’m not happy with one game good, then three games average. I want consistent form. 

“I’m stubborn. I block out everything and work hard everyday.

Izzo added: “Who knows in 10 years I may look back at this moment and think it made me. 

“I won’t regret anything, it’ll make me better as a person and as a player.”