Performing well against a former club is a motivator for athletes all over the world and in every code, so it comes as no surprise that Stefan Mauk would like nothing than a victory and some significant contributions when his new employer the Brisbane Roar takes on Melbourne City in FFA Cup round-of-32 play.
Mauk will be making his debut for the Roar.
He has played at the site of the match, Redcliffe, but his memory may be somewhat foggy.
He scored one of the two City used to beat Peninsula Power a year ago, the first goal of the match, which came just as the half was ending. He was left with a concussion following, did not return to the game and spent the next three weeks nursing his brain bruise and a niggling quadriceps injury from earlier in the game.
Mauk told The Courier-Mail, “Hopefully the goals come again (on Tuesday night) but with no injuries. I’m the ‘local’ here … it’s a nice stadium, a good place to play and hopefully it’s a good game for us.”
He has a history of turning in nice performances against his old clubs, but from the sound of him, it does not seem to be a motivation for revenge.
“I’ve definitely performed well against my old teams so that’s something I hope I can do against City. It would be a good start to my Brisbane Roar career,” Mauk said.
Roar Coach John Aloisi, also a former employee at Melbourne, expressed the view that Mauk is expected to be a contributing factor for the club in the 2018 – 2019 A-League season.
“He’s got a lot of energy, he makes great forward runs, great runs into the box and he can score goals from deeper positions,” Aloisi said.
Football fans with the right connections and some expertise at flicking between video feeds can watch not only round-of-32 action at Redcliffe, but can also see the Gold Coast Knights hosting the Newcastle Jets.