Experienced midfielder Adrien Jolly is confident that if the Wagga City Wanderers can get on top of their mental game, season two in the State League will be a vast improvement on 2015.
The Wanderers endured a tough initiation, with one win and two draws to show for the year, but Jolly believes they were close to producing something special.
With greater depth and a season of near misses behind them he says things are looking up.
“This year I hope we’ll have some good results and finish maybe close to the top of the ladder,” Jolly said.
“It will be a very good success. Last year we played some good quality football – it was really not our soccer skills, it was really our mind.
“We were very close to doing something big… I would say that we were not convinced of our quality.”
The Wanderers led in plenty of matches but were guilty of letting games slip through lapses in concentration.
Jolly is looking forward to working with new coach Andrew Douglas and is expecting a big focus on finishing.
“He will bring something different I think, and we have some new strikers and some new players, so it will be very interesting,” Jolly said.
He was disappointed with his personal tally of three goals in 12 games.
“I should have scored a lot. I did a lot of assists… but I had the opportunity to score some goals and in some important games, so I was really frustrated about that.”
The French engineer, who works in Tumut, is rapt to be able to play State League and said he’s pleased to see more Wagga-based players take the opportunity in 2016.
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