George Timotheou sets his sights on A-League breakthrough

A-League ambitions: Sydney FC NYL defender George Timotheou wants to aim for higher honours next season. Photo: Melissa AdamsSydney FC defender George Timotheou believes his team is ready to cause an upset against Adelaide in the National Youth League final.

The 18-year-old Canberran is relaxed, saying that he and his teammates are feeling prepared and treating the final as an ordinary match.

“We’ve had a good week at training, we all feel confident that we’ve done what we need to do. It’s just another game really. We just treat it the same, prepare the same,” Timotheou said.

He will be drawing on the invaluable experience he gained during his stint with the Young Socceroos squad at the World Cup qualifying tournament in Laos.

“For me it was my first international tournament,” Timotheou said. “Just the professionalism about the whole thing, the whole camp, it was a real eye-opener to see the next level and just made me hungry to keep working hard.”

His goal is a call-up to the A-League.

“You gotta perform for your team as well but the ultimate goal is to step up to the first team and play A-League. So I guess that’s what I’ll be focusing on this season is trying to get an opportunity for grades to have a look at me,” Timotheou said.

“Obviously I wanna play for Sydney in the A-League but we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep being patient and working hard.”

Timotheou’s younger brother Antoni is one of several players who have been selected in the Canberra United Academy, and George thinks that it will provide many young footballers from Canberra with a “stepping stone” to professional leagues.

“I guess for me, while I was growing up, there wasn’t that [the UC Academy],” George Timotheou said.

“I had to leave home because they didn’t have that initiative in place while I was still there. But now I think it’s a really good thing and all the players should take this opportunity.”

The NYL final between Sydney FC and Adelaide United will take place in the Central Coast Stadium at 4:00pm on Saturday.

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