“I knew something was up when Ante Covic and Tony Popovic approached me after training to inform me that I would be playing on the weekend in the senior team,” said Daniel.
“I didn't know what to think and it really didn't sink in until I was driving home on my L plates with my Mum and told her in the car!"
“Mum said ‘What? You’re playing in the Derby?’ She was excited as anyone but not surprised as she knows how hard I work."
“To play my first senior game is a memory that will be hard to emulate. To debut in a Sydney Derby against one of the finest players in the world in Alessandro Del Piero was the icing on the cake."
“Competing with the likes of Del Piero was an amazing experience. He’s a player that just seems to operate at a different speed to everyone else on the pitch."
“You cannot ease off your intensity as a defender for one minute or he can and most probably will convert that tiny advantage into a massive punishment."
“The best thing about playing for the Wanderers is the confidence and the self-belief that grows within you. The staff and senior players are so encouraging and they trust your ability as a player no matter what your age.”
“To also have our keeper Thomas in goals gives me plenty of reassurance as we seem to know what each other is thinking which is so important in defence.”
“Ante is wonderful communicator and as a young defender having him in the box behind you gives you that added security and confidence as the opposition attack approaches.”
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