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Evan Berger Turning Heads
By Mark Stavroulakis

One shining light that has come out of the current Marconi Stallions senior stable has been that of promising wide midfielder Evan Berger.
The former AIS and Young Socceroos star has been sensational in Brian “Bomber” Brown’s squad and believes the best is yet to come from the Picton resident.
“It’s my first full year at senior level and I’ve been pretty happy with the way I’ve performed so far.
“I’ve played a couple of positions so far but I’ve adjusted well and have been happy with the way I’ve been treated at the stallions.
“I just want to play regular and consistent football for Marconi and we shall see what happens at the end of the season.”
The 19-year-old has been pretty pleased with Brown’s guidance and believes that it was he that gave him his chance at a crack at senior football in the NSW Premier League.
“Bomber’s been really good to me and I have nothing but good words for him.
“He has gotten the support from the club and the boys and has been excellent towards me.

“He has given me my chance to show my worth in the NSW Premier League and I’m prepared to repay him for that.”
The Stallions haven’t had the best of starts for 2007 as the second round of matches approach this week, many followers of the league have been dumbfounded not to have seen Marconi embedded in the top two of the ladder.
“It’s been a tough start as we’ve managed a lot of draws which has been disappointing but we’re not too far off the league leaders.
“All we need is a string of good results and we’ll be up there in contention with the rest.
“we surely have the team to do this.”
Asked whether striking a top four spot at the club was on the cards Berger replied.
“Of course it is.
“It’s what we set out this season and a club like Marconi expects to be in there every year.
“Considering that the Stallions won the first 7-8 matches last year only to have finished off slowly, this season has been the opposite.
“We’ve started off slowly building up momentum in finishing off as strong as ever.”
One part of the promising youngster’s game that he’d like to perfect has been scoring goals which he hopes to do this season.
“Everyone loves scoring goals, we’ve had a problem this year in that department as we haven’t really played the same two strikers upfront so the combination has been a bit tough.
“If I can score a couple of goals, that would do my game a lot of good as every club loves a goal scoring midfielder.”
One player that berger has learnt a lot from already this year has been former NSL superstar midfielder Troy Halpin.
“He’s fantastic, training alongside him has done me a world of good and he has taught me many things as a midfielder which I know I will benefit from.”
His consistent performances have already caught the attention of a handful of A-League clubs, one in particular has been the Central Coast Mariners.
Having already been involved in the A-League’s side’s set up last year, it’s rumoured that Lawrie McKinna may well offer the promising midfielder a contract for the year.
“I haven’t heard too much about that, I know that there’s been talk here and there but it’s ultimately up to me.
“If I continue to play well, and continue to play weekly, then this could be a possibility."
The former Westfields Sports High student that came through the high school ranks alongside Adelaide United’s Nathan Burns, Bolton Wanderers’ Scott Jamieson and Leicester City’s James Wesolowski who has been a former Young Socceroo representative.
“In my year at the AIS. I was picked for the Young Socceroos squad that went to India.
“That was a great experience for me, it really opened up my eyes on how other nations are with their youth players.”
The tricky little midfielder has already pinpointed his goals and dreams on what he hopes will be the outcome in his hopeful footballing career.
“I want to have a good season with Marconi and make the final of course and from then on winning a A-League deal.”
Representing the Socceroos is Berger’s ultimate dream but even the thought of playing overseas is something the youngster would like to do some day.
“I’ve got a German passport which is very useful to have but I’d really love to play abroad one day.
“I want to take things one step at a time though and I want to concentrate on my duties with Marconi before anything else.”

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Tuesday 24th April 2007

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