We’re in the thick of another cracking Victorian NPL season with competition heating up across the board.
As clubs prepare to turn up the heat this winter with the FFA Cup just around the corner; we caught up and went one-on-one with Bullen Lions forward, Luke Gallo.
Q. TELL US YOUR FOOTBALL STORY, WHERE DID YOU FIRST KICK A BALL?
A. Football has taken me many places. It has shaped my life and how I am as a person today. My dad is a massive football fan and would always kick the ball with me around the house from a young age and I have loved it ever since.
It’s seen me play at around 10 clubs throughout my youth, through which I’ve gained a lot of knowledge from my many different coaches. Countless friendships have been made over my time so far in football. But most of all, it has given me something to enjoy and love.
Q. CHILDHOOD HERO GROWING UP?
Only one player comes to mind and that would have to be Ronaldinho. He’s a class above everyone else. His skill, character, and intelligence on the ball was unbelievable to watch and learn from.
Q. DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST GOAL/ASSIST OR YOUR MOST MEMORABLE FOOTBALL MOMENT?
My most memorable football moment would have to be playing for Bentleigh Greens in the semi-final of the FFA cup against Perth Glory. I’ll never forget playing as a young 17-year-old playing on Foxtel and in front of a live crowd of about three-thousand people against one of the best clubs in the country. The nerves were building throughout the day, even during my Year 12 exam there was not much else I could think about except the game. But as soon as I stepped out onto the pitch I just forgot everything else, focused on the game and doing the best I could. I really enjoyed the experience.
Q. YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL CLUB?
The first of many teams was my Dad’s old team, Clayton Soccer Club.
Q. HOWS YOUR CURRENT SEASON AT BULLEEN WITHIN THE NPL
So far, so good I believe. Picked up some well-deserved points from last year’s two Grand Finalists and I am enjoying every minute of being down at the club. From the great group of boys to a quality coach and A-grade facilities. Much more to come from the young boys at the Veneto club.
Q. WHAT ABOUT THE NPL ITSELF? SOUTH DROPPING POINTS ETC
The NPL so far is totally unpredictable and is great to see. Anyone can beat anyone in this league and every week is always a hard fought battle for those valuable 3 points. The NPL is also producing some great young talents throughout the league but a lot of the time it’s hard for them to get a look in over visa players or players who have been in the system for years. This makes it extremely hard for these boys to make it to the next stage and end up filtering back down through the Victorian system.
Q. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TRAINING/PLAYING ALONGSIDE FOOTBALLERS SUCH AS TIM CAHILL & BRUNO FORNAROLLI?
The things I learnt training alongside players of this quality is second to none. When you see the passing and composure of Aaron Mooy, to the finishing and precision of Bruno and Tim, mixed with the leadership and heart of Patrick Kisnorbo; you can’t help but take all these things in and try incorporate them into your own game. My experience and time at Melbourne City is something I greatly appreciate and will never forget.
Q. THOUGHTS ON THE WORLD CUP EXPANDING TO 42 TEAMS? SMALLER GROUPS AND THE CHANCES OF THE SOCCEROOS MAKING THE FINALS?
I kind of like the idea of the expansion and am curious to see how it goes. It gives more nations greater exposure and an opportunity to compete in the biggest tournament in the world. I think Australia has a good chance, and that the future is looking bright.
Q. PLAYING UP FRONT, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT – HAVING THE STAMINA TO COVER GROUND OR BEING ABLE TO READ THE GAME
Definitely a balance of both. Knowing where to position yourself in both attack and defence, while also being able to conserve your energy for more important game situations such as running onto a through ball, or chasing down a player running past you.
Q. FIRST PAIR OF BOOTS YOU EVER OWNED?
Off the top of my head, I believe they were a pair of black Lotto boots. Compared to what we have on offer today they are very different in terms of the weight and design.
Q. HOW’S IT PLAYING ON A “COLD MONDAY NIGHT AT THE VENETO CLUB”?
Everyone loves a night game, and it doesn’t get much better than at the Veneto club. It’s a big family club so a lot of the juniors and supporters get down to the game which gives it a really good vibe.
Q. GOALS FOR YEARS TO COME? EUROPE/ASIA?
The number one goal for myself is definitely to make a career in football and do what I love every day, whether that be in the A-league, Asia or Europe.