Necevski Eyes Bolton’s Spot
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New Sydney FC signing Ivan Necevski says he’s got what it takes to become a hero with the club, if he’s given a chance.
“I’ve been signed as a number two… but I want to grab that number one spot,” Necevski tells au.fourfourtwo.com. "I feel I can do a job for the team when I'm called upon."
With the signing of former Jets keeper Necevski, Socceroo keeper Clint Bolton will have a more experienced keeper eyeing his first team spot at Sydney FC. Not that Necevski doesn't have great respect for the three-time capped Socceroo keeper.
“Clint was one of those keepers I looked up to when he played in the NSL,” says 27-year-old Necevski who put pen to paper last week on a two-year deal.
Young keepers Justin Pasfield and Dean Bouzanis were back-ups to Bolton over the last two years. Bouzanis, 16, was recently delisted so he can join up with his new club Liverpool in England while Pasfield, 21, was released and joined Sydney United in the NSW premier league this season.
“Perhaps over the last two seasons Clint hasn’t had a genuine challenger for his position,” he adds.
Last season, Necevski played three games for the Jets as cover before the club signed experienced shot-stopper Ante Covic.
Necevski got his chance in the Jets first team after Ben Kennedy injured his shoulder at Telstra Dome in round 14. Necevski put in a man of the match performance as the Jets shocked Victory in front of 28,000 Victory fans winning 1-0 win.
Speaking after his NSW premier league club Blacktown City Demons clinched the minor premiership with a 2-0 win over Manly at Cromer Park today, Necevski says he’ll be a busy man over the next few weeks.
“With the premier league finals on, I’ll be training with Sydney during the day and hooking up with the Demons for their finals campaign on the weekends.”
FC kick off their official pre-season on July 2 while the NSW finals go on through July.
Necevski was recently nominated as one of the top best players outside the A-League by FourFourTwo magazine.