Gullo shining for White Eagles


The speedy attacker has won himself a number of admirers but has been very content with how things have gone in the last few years especially after he was dealt a cruel blow early in his footballing career when told that he wasn?t up for it at Westfields Sports High.
?I was part of the set-up at Westfields Sports High but at athletics and not football as I was told by a coach in Year 7 that I had an attitude problem.
?I have since proved him wrong.?
The confident White Eagles youngster hasn?t put a foot wrong since having exploded into the NSW Premier League scene this season with some tremendous performances for Brian ?Bomber? Brown?s outfit.
?I have to thank both ?Bomber? and also ?Cliffy? (Cliff Pointer) for giving me the opportunity to play senior football which has assisted in my development as a player.
?I have concentrated on getting better as a player and have really knuckled down and so far it has paid dividends but I want to continue improving as I still have a lot to learn.
?I know that the last few weeks I have adapted to the physical aspect of the game and I have been pleased with how things have gone for both the team and myself.?
At the start of 2009 Gullo was busily preparing for the Under 18?s season with the White Eagles but then stepped it up a notch when he was selected for the Central Coast Mariners in the National Youth League before being snapped up with a senior contract by Bonnyrigg at the start of 2010.
Asked what his thoughts were on the standard of football in the NSW Premier League Gullo stated to Football NSW.
?It is definitely a lot quicker than I expected and very physical but I have slowly adapted to this style.
?There are a number of good players running around in the competition as well and I really believe that things have picked up in the last few years as the NSW Premier League has been a very stable and strong league for many aspiring football players.
?It can only get better as the years progress.?
Two influences on his playing career thus far as mentioned before have been both Brown and Pointer who have really turned things around at Bonnyrigg since their appointment at the club in 2009.
?They?ve been a huge hit with the players and the club has been fully supportive of the two as they have done a great job.
?At the start of the NSW Premier League season they set out goals to all players and we?re all slowly following them as we believe we can win some silverware this season.?
After a morale boosting 3-0 victory over staunch rivals Sydney United during their round 16 clash the White Eagles entertain Bankstown City FC at Jensen Park this Sunday with Gullo hoping that another victory will bring them one step closer to a hopeful Premiership.
 ?Bankstown has been slowly improving especially during round two of all the matches so this game at Jensen Park will by no means be a walk in the park.
?I feel though that we?re playing our best football to date and that if we continue with this form then no one can stop us. I understand that every team lifts a notch when they play us so we will have to be at our very best in securing the three points against Bankstown.?
Gullo?s performances haven?t gone unnoticed in 2010 and Sydney FC?s former Socceroos star and National Youth League coach Steve Corica realised the potential the 18-year-old had and snapped him up for the up and coming season.
?I know I can learn so much from Steve and I am ecstatic that I have been given the opportunity to show what I can do with Sydney FC.
?I signed a youth team contract last Friday and I will commence training with the senior team next Monday which could also mean I may be playing a part in some of Sydney FC?s friendly matches during their pre-season schedule.
?It?s unbelievable at the moment I cannot wait to train with a number of the senior boys especially Nick Carle who spent quite some time overseas.?
With so much on the former Bankstown and Parramatta Eagles youth player?s plate you could forgive him for sounding a bit tired as World Cup fever has taken its toll with Gullo a firm fanatic for both the Socceroos and the Italian squad in South Africa.
?The 2010 World Cup is unbelievable and I am attempting to watch as many games as possible but it has been hard trying to pull all nighters.
?I am a Socceroos fan but support the Italian team too so I wish both of them the best of luck in their next matches and beyond the group stages of the Cup.?
-By Mark Stavroulakis