Dutch winger, Romeo Castelen fronted the media today in the aftermath of his outstanding semi final display against the Brisbane Roar where he scored a crucial hatrick on Sunday night.
Despite the plaudits the former Feyenoord star has received, he believes their stunning come-from-behind victory over Brisbane needs to be stored in the history books as they prepare to face-off against the Premiers at Adelaide Oval this Sunday.
“It’s a new game, This one we have to put behind us and they were great emotions but we have to focus on the next game because you go to finals to win them and you have to be prepared, " Castelen said.
Castelen was also quick to play down his heroics against the Roar instead wishing to focus on the Grand Final and its importance as the team looks to seek their first win in three grand final appearances. “On this stage, the game was massive… very important for the club… for the players…for everyone and even for me to score a hattrick on the highest level in this moment. I mean, it’s a great step to the main goal and the main goal is to win the final, " admitted Castelen.
After 20, 084 fans witnessed the thrilling 5-4 outcome at Pirtek Stadium to create the largest home attendance for Western Sydney at the ground, Castelen is confident it will be no different in the away trip to Adelaide with many fans expected to travel for Sunday's game. “Our fans are going to support us again in big numbers," stated Castelen. "For Australian football, for Western Sydney, this is amazing," he added.
Castelen has improved admirably from his first, injury-ravaged season at the Wanderers in 2014-15, however has recovered to appear in every match this season bar one while scoring seven goals (five more than last campaign). However, there have been rumours that Castelen may be on his way out of the club to which he addressed today, "My head is now in the finals, we have to go in there, play finals football and get the job done then everything will fall in place."