STOJCEVSKI NAMED WOLVES CAPTAIN FOR 2020
Luke Wilkshire has named 2019 Wollongong Wolves Player of the Year - James Stojcevski - as the club captain for season 2020. James replaces club stalwart Justin Pasfield, who will continue to play a significant leadership role.
With strong family roots in the Illawarra, James spent a significant portion of the early part of his career playing in Germany. He also represented Macedonia at underage levels. Upon his return to Australia, James was quick to impress Wilkshire and was one of his first signings for the 2019 season.
During the premiership winning 2019 season James was a mainstay in the centre of midfield. His energy, work rate and passing ability saw him become one of the finest midfielders in the league.
Luke Wilkshire said:-
"The leadership in the team comes from within the whole squad. However, the results of one of the surveys I often do with the boys made it evident that James was a player which the entire squad looked to as a leader on the pitch. James is not overly vocal, but he leads by example. His professionalism and commitment along with his understanding of the game and leading by example are just a few of his many qualities. I expect him to lead by example which I know he will. I also believe that given James’ age, he can lead this club for many years to come.”
Whilst initially surprised to be named captain, the honour was well received by James. In an interview he said:-
“It (the captaincy) definitely wasn’t something that I was expecting or that I really see myself as. But, it’s a real privilege and honour. I’m proud to represent the Wolves and couldn’t be happier to be a part of, let alone captain of, an unbelievable group of not only footballers but people as well.
I don’t think it will change much. It’s a responsibility that I can grow into and develop further. I’m a bit more quiet and reserved off the field, I just hope that I can lead by example in training and in games and pushing everyone around me that we can achieve more than last year.
I know that I can rely on the other lad’s as well for any help and guidance which will make it that much easier."
When asked his thoughts on the squad this season and the expectations for the season ahead, James commented:-
“We’re lucky that we haven’t made too many changes and that we’ve improved in the right areas. With the quality of the new players coming in, training has become a lot more competitive and that pushes everyone else to perform.
I’m lucky to be part of a team where everyone already knows their roles and everyone shares the same desire to win everything in front of us. We have an unbelievable opportunity to improve on what we achieved last year and I know we can do so as a team.”