Young City midfielder Denis Genreau was in a unique situation on Tuesday night when he featured for the Club in the Westfield FFA Cup.
Genreau was only the fourth player to come on for Bruno Fornaroli throughout his City career and the scholarship player took the opportunity with both hands.
The midfielder was shuffled into an unfamiliar left-sided position but made the most of his opportunity, scoring his first senior goal for the Club, and despite the circumstances, the youngster was pleased he could play a role on the night.
“I am very happy to score my first goal, and to contribute with a goal to a game that was important for us and the club first and foremost,” Genreau said.
“I was happy with my performance, obviously I’m always looking to improve and to get better, so I’ll look at the things I need to do better.
“I was put on the left wing for most of the game, with the opportunity to drift inside and get the ball in middle, which I’m not used to, but I enjoyed the challenge and was happy with the way I played.”
Genreau was first on the scene for his side’s third goal of the night, tucking away Scott Jamieson’s deflected free-kick but the midfielder’s focus turned to continuing his high standards during the pre-season, saying he knows what he has to work on to crack into the first side.
“My goal is to continue playing,” he said.
“I want to play more and more throughout the season, and to do so I think I need to be more aggressive off the ball, win tackles, and when we have we have the ball, to create opportunities and to score.”
City will now turn to the blockbuster FFA Cup Quarter Final clash with Sydney FC on Wednesday 13 September and Genreau is itching to be a part of the match day squad once again.
“Sydney will be a great challenge for us, and the boys are excited to go over there and put up a good fight and show them why we are the Cup champions last year.”
“I’m just going to continue to train hard, play my role in the squad and see where that takes me.”