Rastall Still Optimistic


Ironically, for a player who made his National Soccer League debut at Marconi Stadium when playing for Sydney Olympic nearly a decade ago, he is back at that ground but this time he calls it ?home?.
Rastall has called the Bossley Park venue home for two seasons now. However, his debut in the now-defunct NSL is one his won?t forget. As a second half replacement for Olympic he was asked to mark the legendary Francis Awaritefe, then a home crowd favourite at Marconi Stadium.
After Marconi?s slow start to the season 2008, Rastall is still very optimistic about the team?s prospects.
 ?It hasn?t been the greatest of starts this season, but I think we have enough quality in the team to turn things around,? he said.
?I think we have enough quality in the team to make sure we do just that.?
Rastall played for Blacktown City Demons before following former Demons? coach Brian Brown across to Marconi last season.
Brown has since parted company with the Stallions and is now in charge of Sutherland Sharks.
Rastall though is extremely happy at Marconi and is very pleased with the club?s signings this year.
?The signings that DB [coach Dave Barrett] made at the start of the year such as Arrarte, Moulds and Deur are very good,? he said. ?They have been around for a while so there are no excuses really for our team.
?We have a good crop of young guys coming through, so we do have a pretty good mix at the moment.
?We need to get things right on the park, but unfortunately it isn?t happening at the moment.?
Rastall, a sales representative for the international giant National Foods, is keen to win a Championship because he played in three losing Grand Finals for Blacktown City Demons.
?I?ve only got a couple of seasons left in me, so I would like to win something because I have been in a few losing Grand Finals in my time.?

Joe Russo