In-form Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic says he lost his confidence while playing for Melbourne Victory in the 2015-16 season.
Vukovic joined Victory after moving on from Perth Glory at the end of the 2014-15 season, but despite beginning the campaign as the No.1, poor form saw the gloveman lose his place to Lawrence Thomas.
Family matters saw Vukovic leave Melbourne at the end of the season, signing with the Sky Blues to return to his home town.
Vukovic’s young son has since had a successful liver transplant, and the 32-year-old has starred between the posts for newly-crowned premiers Sydney.
“I’m fitter than I’ve ever been and I’m playing well,” Vukovic told Thursday’s Daily Football Show.
“I feel confident going out there, and that’s what I really needed to get back in my game after the season I had last year at Melbourne Victory.
“I certainly lost a lot of my confidence and I really needed to get that back.
“It’s been quite easy to do that playing in behind this team at Sydney FC. They certainly fill me with confidence going out there.
“Then I have Graham Arnold and John Crawley, my goalkeeper coach, who also helped with that confidence.”
Vukovic and Sydney boast the sturdiest defence in the A-League, conceding a staggering 12 goals all season, which is 20 better than the next best in Victory.
Graham Arnold’s team has also broken the A-League’s clean sheets and wins record and is gunning for the most number of points in a season when they face Newcastle Jets on Saturday.
There, Sydney will be presented the premier’s plate.