Brillante ready for the test of the A-League
DESPITE plenty of tough times playing football overseas, Bundaberg’s Josh Brillante has no regrets about the last two years playing in Italy.
On Tuesday his association with Italian Serie A club Fiorentina ended when he signed a three-year deal with Sydney FC to return to the A-League.
He has now joined up with the Sky Blues as they look to win their first title in seven years.
Admitting it was tough at times as he played for different clubs in Italy, Brillante said his decision would have always the same and that was to give it a go.
“From the start it was always going to be difficult for anyone moving to a country,” he said.
“It was an awesome experience and I’ve learnt so much as a footballer and from a personal point of view.”
Brillante said knew his time was up at the end of the season despite having two years left on his contract.
“They (Fiorentina) didn’t have me in their plans for the season coming,” he said.
“So it was a decision I had to make to try to find somewhere so I could hopefully cement my spot and play some regular football.”
Offers came from plenty of places but the former Across The Wave junior eventually settled on the Sky Blues and working with Graham Arnold.
“He has done (well) with the likes of the Central Coast and young players that he has developed was a major point,” he said.
“Coming back to A-League was not a bad thing at all.”
The 23-year-old is also using Aaron Mooy as inspiration.
The current Socceroos star is moving overseas again after a successful four years back in the A-League, and Brillante is hoping to do the same.
His ultimate goal is to get back in the national team.
“My main focus right now is having a good season here at Sydney FC and help the team to success,” he said.
“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been with the national team.”
“If I can do well here and the team does well, it will come hand in hand.”
The move to Sydney FC will also allow him to come back to the region more often.
“Hopefully now that I’m back home I’ll have more opportunities to see (family) and catch up,” he said.
“I’ve been back recently actually to see the family and see some of the kids there back at the club I played at.”
Brillante is now training with Sydney FC full time and could make his debut against Earlwood Wanderers next week.