Bonnyrigg White Eagles defender Vuko Tomasevic will relish the opportunity to play in the IGA National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Grand Final.
The former Central Coast Mariners defender spent two and a half years in the UK working as a physiotherapist before returning to the White Eagles this season.
Tomasevic is excited to be a part of the Grand Final this year and cannot wit to run onto the field.
“I was overseas for two and a half years which was something my wife and I always wanted to do,’’ he said.
“So basically I had all that time away from football. I went for jogs regularly and thought I stayed fit but it is very different to being match fit.
“When I returned the club asked me to come back again so I did.
“It did take me a while to get back into the swing of things, get my fitness right and by the start of the second round I was starting to it will be great to play in the Grand Final.
“I’ve heard the boys went down last year after dominating the league so hopefully we can overturn that.’’
After playing his junior football with the Marconi Stallions and later making his national league debut for the same in 1997, Tomasevic has been a stellar footballer.
Stints for the Northern Spirit and Central Coast Mariners followed with seasons for APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Bonnyrigg White Eagles intertwined.
But it is the White Eagles who Tomasevic holds close to his heart.
“The club does mean a lot to me,’’ he said.
“There is a great bunch of people who run the club including the board.
“I’ve got Serbian background as well so in terms of a family aspect it is great to give back to the community.
“But it isn’t only that, the club along with Marconi are probably the closes you will get to the professional standard, I feel both clubs do things very well.’’
At 33 years of age several people have questioned when Tomasevic will hang up the boots.
Having already inadvertently helped out as a physiotherapist for the club a career around the trap of football could beckon.
But Tomasevic maintains he hasn’t made his decision yet.
“It happened a few times where I would help out on the physio side but Brian Brown put a stop to that pretty early in the season,’’ he said.
“The club do want me to stay on for another season but I haven’t made my decision yet.
“Either way I would love to remain involved in the club.’’
The veteran’s focus though remains on the grand final and with his regular centre back partner Nikola Zonjic suspended the White Eagles will call on his experience to lead the line.
“I’m really excited with the grand final coming closer,’’ he said.
“For a lot of the younger boys this could be the stepping stone they need to get to the next level.
I’ll try to lead by example as much as I can and minimise the occasions as much as possible to keep things simple.’’
-By Chris Georges