Macarthur FC midfielder Denis Genreau has spoken to macarthurfc.com.au on the verge of the 2020/21 A-League season, about the excitement of a new team, new season, and a new challenge.
The 21-year-old said he was eager for the season to start.
“From the very first day at training, there has been a buzz. Being a new team, I think Ante and the coaching staff have done a fantastic job bringing in new players. We have gelled together really well, and now looking forward to starting the season strong.”
“I’ve known Ante for a while and have learnt a lot from him already. He has bought in a certain type of footballer, but also a certain type of person to the playing squad.”
Reflecting on the pre-season Genreau said:
“The more we are together as a group the tighter we have become. The more games we’ve played the more improvement we’ve seen. We still have work to do, but the important thing is we listen to the coaching staff and senior players in the squad and improve each session.”
2020 has panned out totally different for most people around the globe, and Genreau is no exception. The talented midfielder was set to be on the plane with Graeme Arnold’s Olyroos squad to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before COVID-19 forced the postponement of the games to 2021.
“To be given the chance to represent Australia at the Olympics would be an amazing opportunity and something I’m looking forward to if I’m selected.”
“The silver lining to the Olympics being postponed to 2021 is I can focus on playing for Macarthur, knowing that if I’m performing well, I’ll give myself the best possible chance to be in the Olympic squad.”
With the local derby against cross-town rivals Western Sydney Wanderers kicking off the season on the 27th December, Genreau had no doubt both teams form a great rivalry.
“Our first match in the A-League was always going to be a massive occasion, but to open the new season with a round one derby against Wanderers will be huge!”
“It’s good to start building the rivalries and instil the culture, tradition and passion we all have for the game. I’ve got no doubt our Macarthur fans will come and show their excitement and support for the team.” Genreau said.