Club stalwart Nikola Zonjic has been ‘Mr Bonnyrigg White Eagles’ through and through ever since he donned the kit as a 13-year-old.
The White Eagles Star has been a one club man and will line up for this Sunday’s Grand Final against Blacktown City at Leichhardt Oval.
Zonjic prides himself on his loyalty to the White Eagles over the years.
“I am really proud of that statistic.
“Bonnyrigg is an exceptional club where I’ve always loved playing my football, I’ve had great memories over the years and I couldn’t be more honoured to play for the club.”
Since Bonnyrigg’s promotion to the State’s top tier competition in 2009, it will be Zonjic’s and the clubs fourth Grand Final.
“I’m very excited to play just like all the other boys.
“These are special games and don’t come along too often so we will look to take the opportunity to enjoy the day and hopefully win a grand final with a great collective group of guys.”
Despite not lifting the Premiership and dropping some important points towards the closing stages of the season, the versatile player believes it’s been a solid year at Bonnyrigg.
“Overall it has been a good year for the club even though it was difficult at times especially towards the end of the season where we had a few disappointing results.
“However, the team has displayed great resilience and worked extremely hard to play in the Grand Final.”
Zonjic missed two months of football through a hamstring injury but has found his form at the right time.
Ahead of Sunday’s finale, Zonjic is expecting an enticing game against a difficult rival in Blacktown City who the rivals haven’t beaten over 270 minutes.
“It will be an exciting game to watch and a very even one.
“Over 90 minutes we’ve played out three entertaining draws.”
In the last clash between the two, Extra-Time was required as the White Eagles powered to victory with Robbie Younis instrumental. The Bonnyrigg striker was one that Zonjic pin pointed as a potential match winner for his team.
“Obviously Robbie Younis has been in great form and is always a threat up front.
“The team has been playing really well coming into the final and we will need to be at our very best on Sunday.”
Blacktown has been lethal in front of goal this season and showed no mercy to APIA Leichhardt Tigers last week, smashing six past them.
“Blacktown are very attacking side and have a number of dangerous players who can score goals. We will focus on giving them as little space as possible.”
Zonjic is anticipating a healthy crowd to be present a Leichhardt Oval on Sunday and believes the White Eagles faithful will be out in full voice.
“We’re definitely one of the best supported teams in the league so I believe everyone who supports the club will be at the game on Sunday.
“Overall I think it will be a great turnout to watch the final.”
-By Nikola Pozder