Nicola Kuleski has starred for Sydney FC’s youth team and now wants to do the same for the Sky Blues in the A-League.
The central midfielder has been a member of Sydney FC’s National Youth League side for the past three seasons.
In January, he was a starter in the club’s emphatic 5-2 grand final win over Adelaide United.
Kuleski was also part of the side that won the NYL premiership in 2014.
Now 19, the midfielder will join the Sky Blues youngsters outfit that will play in the NSW NPL.
“The football in this competition is more physical, which is a great learning curve for us and might need some adaptation, but we will be prepared for it and hopefully we can finish on top as we did in the NYL competition,” he told FourFourTwo.
Kuleski, who has played for Macedonia at junior international level, described the NYL grand final victory against Adelaide as an amazing experience.
“Let’s face it, we run on the park and play to win, so its was very gratifying, nevertheless I believe both teams played open, attractive, attacking football which was enjoyable to be part of and hope the spectators enjoyed it equally as much,” he said.
“It’s a credit to all the hard work both the players and coaching staff have put in all season. It was also great recognition by the FFA and Foxtel to have the final televised live. This added to the adrenalin and enthusiasm on the day.
“It would be fantastic if the NYL game of the round was televised every week on Foxtel. It will not only lift the profile of the young and emerging footballer, but will also enable us to adapt to televised games.
“I believe it will only increase the intensity of the game and prepare us for the next level. It was an open and maybe even physical game, but both teams were aspiring to hold the trophy once that final whistle blew.”
Sydney FC topped Conference B in the NYL with six wins and two losses.
“On a whole, the season was obviously a successful one finishing on top in our conference and we also had the best defensive record in both conferences,” Kuleski said.
“I still believe there will always be room to build and improve even further so we can be stronger for the upcoming NPL season. We are hoping to be a serious contender.”
The former Blacktown City and Marconi junior is hopeful of catching Graham Arnold’s eye and cracking into the A-League.
“It's every young players ambition to achieve minutes in first grade and Graham will select who he believes is the best squad for the particular opponent, at the moment I just have to keep working hard and wait for the opportunity,” he said.
“I believe my development is constantly evolving, there’s always room to improve like every player, however I feel I my confidence has grown since I had the opportunity to experience the pressures of high level football overseas.
“I can certainly see the level of my game maturing week in and week out. Football is not just about preparing yourself physically but also mentally, that’s what makes you stand out from the rest, and given the opportunity, I know I will give it my full commitment.”comments