Nieuwenhof on the opportunities that lie ahead

Midfielder Calem Nieuwenhof on his switch to the Red & Black and his hopes for consistency this A-Leagues season.

Having joined the Wanderers in June this year, Nieuwenhof has grown in confidence since signing his two-year scholarship deal with the club.

“Growing up, it’s always something that every footballer dreams of, and to finally to get to that stage, it’s almost unbelievable at that point,” reflected Nieuwenhof.

“But I think once you’re there, you just have to have confidence in yourself and it helps when you’re around such great players that they can push you, and that’s one of the reasons why I was excited to join the Wanderers this year.”

Nieuwenhof will be hoping to get a consistent season under head coach Mark Rudan having previously struggled with injuries in the past at the club’s cross-town rivals.

With already 15 A-Leagues appearances to his name, Nieuwenhof is eager to show off his skills.

“I think definitely in my first few games, I showed promise and I never got to string a full season together,” said Nieuwenhof.

“But I feel like 100%, if I can string a few games together and have a good season, then I’ll really be able to show my ability at the Wanderers.

“Probably my biggest strength, I’d have to say, would be in tight areas and my technique is also probably where I feel more comfortable dribbling, linking up with players.

“Also in defense, I like helping out the boys and making big tackles.”

In what has been a massive change in scenery for the 21-year-old, Nieuwenhof has been enjoying the new environment in what he hopes will be big season for the Red & Black.

“I’ve always seen it as a great club, it’s definitely one of the biggest clubs in Australia and I was really excited to come here,” said Nieuwenhof.

“I was definitely looking for a change of scenery and a new environment, and i think this is one i can definitely thrive in.

“I definitely want to aim towards the top of the table and I definitely think Finals is 100% going to be a reality this year.”