Versatile Panos, ready for a big 2017.
16/03/2017 2:23:00 PM
Star midfielder for the Norwood Football Club, Matthew Panos, stated that excitement is building within the playing group as the Redlegs enter their preseason matches in preparation for Round 1.
Panos, a premiership player with Norwood, expects the 2017 season to be in stark contrast to previous years. Panos mentioned that the fans can expect a different flare form the Redlegs with a new playing style implemented by Head Coach Jarrod Cotton that is exciting to play and will provide that edge against the opposition.
“The game style will be a little bit different,” said Panos.
“We are hoping that we can produce exciting football that the fans will really enjoy”.
“Hopefully this year, we can kick a few more goals and create a bit more of a buzz with how we play.”
The Redlegs have just commenced a series of trial matches, which started last Friday night against the Eagles. Panos, who didn’t feature in the match, couldn’t stress the importance of these matches in order to gain momentum heading into Round 1.
“They are definitely very important,” Panos explained.
“Everyone is a little bit rusty in terms of match fitness, so the first bit of these trial games will be just to get the rust out and to get some extra kilometres into our legs.
“Then the last one or two trial games we aim to really be hitting top form, being fully match conditioned heading into round one.”
Panos, who over the years has established himself predominately as an inside-mid, says that his role this year will be similar under new head-coach Jarrod Cotton. However, he expects to fill the void wherever he may be needed the throughout 2017 season.
“This year I’m going to be used mainly as a midfielder which has been where I have played the last few years,” Panos said.
“I assume that at some stage I’ll go up forward and at some stage I might need to go into defence. I have played pretty much everywhere since I was 18/19 years old.
“So, I think my role would be pretty similar, mainly in the midfield with pitching in up forward or defence if need be.”
NFC Media Writer