Daniel Georgievski stays in regular contact with his former Melbourne Victory teammates on Whatsapp.
He is in a group with Jai Ingham, Lawrence Thomas and other friends from the two years the defender spent in Melbourne before joining the Jets last season.
“We have a group on Whatsapp, so we still speak. Lawrence Thomas, Jai [Ingham], boys like that," Georgievski said. “They’re all pretty cool, coaching staff too. You don’t forget.”
However, Jets coach Ernie Merrick reckons Georgievski’s former teammates are in for a surprise when the 30-year-old takes on his old club for the first time in Melbourne – he was injured for the 2-1 loss at AAMI Park in round 13 last season.
“I think Daniel is demonstrating how capable he is as an attacking player, not just a fullback,” Merrick said. “He is really getting forward as an attacking wingback.
“His training has stepped up. All his scores for distance covered and speed he is covering it at ... I think he is as fit as he has ever been. His training has improved a lot. I think he would admit that he used to be a bit of a lazy trainer. His training now is very good. He is getting forward on the left-hand side and is becoming a real attacking asset as well as a good defender for us.”
Although it’s Georgievski’s return game at AAMI Park, Saturday will be the fourth time he has lined up against Victory.
He scored a spectacular opener in the Jets’ 4-1 win in round eight last season, of course, there was the controversial 1-0 loss to the Melburnians in the grand final and another unlucky 1-0 loss at McDonald Jones Stadium in round three this season.
“My only goal for the Jets was against the Victory, but I won’t be thinking about that … I’ll be thinking about assisting someone else,” Georgievski said. “It’s different playing Melbourne City [at AAMI Park] than it is playing Victory, so it’ll be fun.
“It’ll just be one of those games where we’ll have to push hard, you know, with the crowd against you but at the same time, the pressure is all on Victory.
“I think persistence will pay off. We’ve attacked, outplayed, every team we’ve played against but we haven’t got the result we wanted.”