Journeyman goalkeeper Justin Pasfield has come back to his home town club the Wollongong Wolves, in what is a massive boost for the south coast club ahead of the start of the PlayStation 4 NSW National Premier League Season.
Bringing with him a wealth of experience which includes stints at five Hyundai A-League clubs and a season in Singapore, Pasfield is happy to be back playing in his home town.
“It’s good to be back home. We’ve got a very young squad and it’s a good challenge for me to show the young kids out there and if they need any help, try and guide them in the right direction. That’s my main goal coming back here.” He said
“It’s been different from last season, I’m actually from Wollongong so there’s a lot less travel involved which has been better on my body, I only live 5 minutes away from training which is nice.”
The Wolves custodian has had a strong off season and is looking to make an impact come the start of the 2016 campaign.
“I’ve been given a leadership role and I’m taking that on board with two hands. It’s one of the things when I moved back here that I wanted to help the juniors come through and develop.” He said
“I definitely think we’ll improve. They had a strong back end of the season and there’s a lot of energetic players in our team. I’m looking forward to what the season holds for us after a good pre-season.”
One of the main factors in Pasfield returning to the club was his friendship with new coach Jacob Timpano, who the custodian rates with high regard.
“I haven’t seen that side of Jacob before because we’ve only ever been teammates, but from day one he’s been professional and he’s very, very good at what he does.
“He’s very knowledgeable in terms of structuring games and he really does help the young kids. It’s a very good opportunity for him and he’ll be one to watch for the future definitely.”
Although having moved from Sydney United 58 FC back to the Wollongong over the summer, Pasfield made special mention that he held his former club in the highest regard.
“I had a great season at Sydney United 58 FC and the fans and the club were fantastic by me throughout my time there.”
-By Jack Hislop