From humble beginnings as a junior with Perth Soccer Club to his first big move to Atalanta at the tender age of 15, Adrian Madaschi, has had a career spanning almost two decades travelling through European football with pit stops in Korea and Australia in his latter years.
The former Portosummaga man is “quite confident” on a return to the A-League after a positive guest stint with Melbourne Heart two seasons ago.
“Obviously now we’re getting to seasons end almost, so there aren’t many games left. Important thing for me is to keep ticking over, as I am at Perth Glory (training with the club),” Madaschi said.
“We’ll see for the start of the new A-League season which options come up. I have to be confident that something will come up and I’m working towards that everyday.”
Madaschi recounts on his last spell in the A-League in a guest stint at Heart, before his eventual move to Jeju United in Korea’s K-League Classic, and feels that has put him in good stead regarding future deals with A-League clubs.
“With my experience with Melbourne Heart, I think I left a positive notation of myself,” he said
“I hope on the work that I did do while I was here in the A-league there are some opportunities out there, I’m quite confident about that.”
The Atalanta youth product has left the door open to a possible move abroad, saying you can never “close the door on anything” but Madaschi is adamant wherever he does go he won’t be just making up the numbers.
“I’m at an age where I’m still very fit and healthy, I’ve kept myself very well,” he said.
“I still want to be in a competition that’s asking a player to put himself on the line everyday in training and every game most importantly.
“I’m not just coming back wherever it is, here in the A-league or somewhere else just to tick over. I think I still have a lot to offer.”
The five-time capped Socceroos defender still remembers where it all begun for him and visits his junior clubs in Perth when he has a chance to “acknowledge that’s where he grew up”.
“Perth (Soccer Club) was one of my junior clubs, it was the last club I played for before I left for Italy as a 15-year-old, I’ve always had a strong bond with them and also with Balcatta (Soccer Club),” he said.
“When I’m back in Perth I always try to keep in touch with Perth Soccer Club, I still know a lot of people down there.
“Every now and then I will pop down there and do a bit of training to tick over, but also to be a presence around and acknowledge that’s where I grew up and that’s where I came from.”
NOTE: You can listen to the full interview on this weeks ‘OS Aussies show: Strike power’ below: