There is a little extra something in Saturday’s clash against Wellington Phoenix at Robina’s CBUS Super Stadium for prolific young striker Nick D’Agostino.
The 19-year-old played all his junior football on the Gold Coast, and on Saturday, he is in contention to play his first Hyundai A-League match in the city he still calls home.
“It’s going to be a great experience in front of Gold Coast fans as well as travelling Brisbane fans and I’m really looking forward to it,” D’Agostino said.
“I have some family up from Sydney at the moment and hopefully the family I have on the Gold Coast will be able to get to the game.”
“It’s a very good surface in a brilliant stadium and hopefully I can get some minutes again and play well.”
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Football has always been a big part of the young attacker’s life, with his entire family involved in the sport.
He played at a junior level alongside Young Roar defender Aaron Reardon and Central Coast Mariner Kye Rowles, before progressing through various representative sides and making his Hyundai A-League debut at just 17 years old.
“I started at Under 7s at Musgrave Mustangs and played there for four years before moving to Runaway Bay for another three or four years,” D’Agostino said.
“I then moved through the Gold Coast representative system, the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport before coming back to Brisbane.”
The 19-year-old also earned the chance to trial with Belgian Pro League side KRC Genk in 2016, shortly after signing his first senior football contract with Brisbane Roar.
He scored his maiden Hyundai A-League goal last season and has shown continued improvement during the early phase of the 2017/18 campaign, earning a spot in the starting XI four times already.
D’Agostino says his focus remains firmly on learning off the Roar’s more-experienced players and doing his job for the team.
“There is pressure every weekend, not just on me, but on the whole squad to perform. I’m one of the young boys so I try my best to enjoy my experience and learn every week when I get out on the field,” he said.
Make sure to grab your copy of The Mane Event at CBUS Super Stadium on Saturday for a full Q&A with our young striker.