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Stevan Stanic-Floody pictured signing for Drogheda United, alongside manager Kevin Doherty. Picture: Larry McQuillan

Stevan Stanic-Floody pictured signing for Drogheda United, alongside manager Kevin Doherty. Picture: Larry McQuillan

Stevan Stanic-Floody shows his true colours. Picture: Larry McQuillan

Stevan Stanic-Floody shows his true colours. Picture: Larry McQuillan

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Stevan Stanic-Floody pictured signing for Drogheda United, alongside manager Kevin Doherty. Picture: Larry McQuillan

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SYDNEY to Drogheda United has been one of the more eye-catching moves in the summer transfer window, but it was a no-brainer for young Stevan Stanic-Floody, the son of Ballsgrove’s former Irish boxing champion Antonio Floody.

In recent weeks 18-year-old Stevan flew more than 17,000km across the world to embark on a number of trials with different clubs, having completed secondary school.

But along the way his dad Antonio, who has been living in Australia since 1991, sought a little bit of help from the Drogheda Independent in establishing contact with Drogheda United, and so it seemed like destiny that Stevan would end up on the banks of the Boyne.

His signing was confirmed on Friday afternoon, just hours later he was named on the subs bench for the FAI Cup tie against Athlone Town and afterwards there was no sense of disappointment at not getting on, instead excitement at what the future will bring.

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“I’ve been in Ireland two weeks, the boys have welcomed me with open arms, the gaffer was excellent and I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” he said.

“I had a few trials elsewhere, but when I decided to leave Australia to follow my career, Ireland and Drogheda was my first step and the main priority was coming here to Drogheda United.

“Dad grew up here, told me all about it and how wonderful the town is, and the people.

“I was based in Sydney, so the weather’s a bit of a change, but there’s been a few nice days so far!”

Crucial to Stevan’s happiness is a stable home life and in that regard he’s blessed to have the support of family members.

“I’m living up in Ballsgrove with my grandparents and they make my life a lot easier. At least I don’t have to cook and wash so much - my nanny’s doing all that - so that’s been excellent!

“I haven’t even managed to meet many of my cousins yet and I’m still learning the places and everything, but I’ll get the hang of it and it’s a very welcoming town.

“I will be hopefully looking to get a job when I get settled in.

“My grandparents came to watch me tonight (against Athlone) and Mum and Dad were watching the game at home. It was about 3.30 in the morning over there when the game was on!”

Stevan doesn’t seem to bat an eyelid at the prospect of being so far from his mum, dad and 16-year-old sister Mary who is herself currently playing in the Asian Cup tournament in Indonesia with Australia U17s.

“During my time at Sydney FC we went on some tours to Japan and the Netherlands for maybe three or four weeks at a time,” he recalled, “so I have spent a little bit of time away before, and I can talk to them on the phone at any time.

“As a kid this is what you want, travel the world and play football, so I’m just living the dream.

“Hopefully Dad might be coming back to visit in a few weeks’ time. My sister plays professional football back home and she has her pre-season coming up, so Mum has to do the driving and get her from A to B and I’m not sure when I’ll see her.”

And in response to the question, who is the better player, Stevan was forced to admit: “Mary gives me a good run for my money!”

As for the here and now, Stevan is concentrating on trying to break into the Drogheda team and show the fans what he can do.

“I support Everton, so hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to play for them, but I hope to make a good impact here at Drogheda United,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to come in and see where I’m at. They’re a quality team and hopefully I can help and get some good opportunities and make a good mark on the league.

“Tonight (against Athlone) was a great experience. The atmosphere was excellent and I’m so happy the boys got the win and we’re through to the next round, because that was the main focus.”


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