“My dream is to play overseas and hopefully if I have a good season I can move on to Europe next season."

After the coaching merry go round of last season Sotirio is hopeful that new head coach Markus Babbel can lead the team to a finals birth in this campaign.

“He can definitely improve us,” he said. “He has a lot of experience as he played for big teams in Europe. We are very excited to be coming into the derby under him.

“He’s definitely different to the past coaches we have had but one that we are very much enjoying being with.

“He wants us to work hard and  he will get the best out of us.”

After a season of misfiring in front of goal in recent times, Sotirio feels that the only thing stopping Western Sydney from reaching their optimal level is putting away their chances.

“It’s our execution in the final third,” he said.

“We haven’t scored with our opportunities and that is something we are  building on and working on.

“We are not far. We are still building and getting to know each other and all the concepts and the patterns that we are playing.

“Getting a win in the derby would start the momentum and it would definitely get us playing to our potential and would put us in a good position for our future matches.”