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Genesini: I want to push for a starting XI place

Town's latest signing is ready for the competition for places

8 August 2023

Latest signing Brooklyn Genesini is looking to play a key role in Swindon's season, following his official arrival Monday night.

The young full-back will be a familiar face to Town fans already, following his appearances, most commonly as Trialist B, over the course of the 23/24 pre-season schedule.

However, since his departure from AFC Bournemouth this summer, Genesini has impressed with his Swindon performances, helped with the comforting support that his new team-mates have offered during his trial period.

He said: "You've got it in the back of your mind, I might be without a club at the moment and obviously, trials are never easy coming into a new squad.

"But this group of lads, they've brought me in like I'm one of their own and one of the contracted players, almost like family basically.

"So it was a really nice experience, even on trial. I've come in, trained well, played in the game against Plymouth and did well, and got good feedback.

"Overall, it was a good experience in the end."

Genesini joins the club from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth and admits the experiences he's had there, (including his first professional goal vs Norwich in the Carabao Cup), will only put him in a good place moving forward:
"I was around the first-team quite a bit, trained a lot, obviously a few games I was involved in.
"But coming here, they're very professional, which was obviously the same as Bournemouth.
"The only thing Bournemouth was coming through as a 23s, and into the first-team, it's always hard to get the minutes because you got these big players on big money.
So it was always a challenge when I was younger, so to come through from the academy, get my scholar and get my pro then make my debut for the first time and score, it's a great challenge that I'd like to remember and want to work on here."
The young full-back admits he's "here for challenges" with the likes of Remeao Hutton and fellow new signing Tariq Uwakwe posing competition for places, but is looking to show what he can do in a competition he knows already in the Carabao Cup against Peterborough tonight:
"You've got the likes of Hutts, the new signing, Tariq, so it's never gonna be easy but I'm here for challenges, I don't want it to be easy anyway.
"I'd rather have a challenge in front of me and get to that step and then try and get in the team, which every player would.
"I'm ready to go into a cup game whether I start, whether I come on, I've done it before and want to do it again.
"I want to impress so you're obviously looking forward to the game on Tuesday and hopefully, maybe do the same as what I did last time."
Genesini also brings versatility to this Swindon side, offering his attributes from both the right-hand side and the left, which is where he has seen the majority of his game-time spent so far in a Town shirt:
"I can play both sides.
"In the game against Plymouth, I was left wing-back, which I felt comfortable playing, but I usually play right wing-back, but either side, it's fine by me because I enjoy it.

The young defender has also explained the importance of setting himself goals across the season, with Genesini looking to start to implement these in tonight's Carabao Cup tie against Peterborough:
"I think for my short-term goal, I want to get myself in that starting lineup, play week in week out.
"Then with that, come with loads of assists, few goals, and defensively as well, because as a wingback, you're always pushing up and back all the time.
"Also to be versatile on the pitch and trustworthy as well for the manager, because that's the main thing, especially in these leagues, where these three points are crucial, like this could be either getting promoted or not like, so.
"Obviously, you're going to push myself and then when I when I do get the opportunity, then prove myself that I'm trustworthy, and I can play."

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