Joe Lolley starred on his Sydney FC debut yesterday following his surprise move from Nottingham Forest in the summer.
The A-League got underway as Lolley’s first game for the club ended in a 3-2 defeat against Melbourne Victory.
Lolley was instrumental throughout the game as he started in a right-wing role.
Sydney fans were impressed with his display as he threw himself about and looked in a typically lively fashion.
Lolley helped the Reds win promotion to the Premier League last season as they defied the odds at Wembley.
Steve Cooper took the club to promotion, despite the Reds sitting bottom of the league when he took over in October.
Forest produced the goods throughout the campaign from that point and are now a Premier League club.
For Lolley, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare.
After a pre-season tour of Spain, it became common knowledge that Lolley had been told he could find a new club.
Yesterday, he showcased that he’s still capable of producing the goods.
Sofa Score highlight his presence in defence and attack and the statistics prove just how good he was.
He completed three successful dribbles and also won five of his nine ground duels during the clash.
Lolley also made 21 passes and saw one attempt come off the woodwork during the game.
Lolley starred on Sydney FC debut
This proved to be a fruitful debut for the 30-year-old.
It was perhaps a surprise when he made the move to the A-League, despite clubs in the Championship showing interest.
It’s fair to say that he’s struggled with a few niggling injuries over the last couple of seasons.
Lolley hasn’t looked at his fluent best over the last two years and this looked like a very good move.
The player is a likeable character though and fans will hope to can rediscover his mojo.
Lolley finished his Forest career with 26 goals and 27 assists from 171 appearances after signing from Huddersfield.
Now, with number 10 on his back, he will hope to enjoy success with Sydney FC.