Moresche’s return: There’s nothing like family

A strong beginning to his A-League career ending in heartbreak. A torn ACL against Newcastle Jets at home last season putting an abrupt end to Moresche’s 2021/22 A-League Men’s campaign.

The extent of the tear sidelined the forward for nine months, a period no footballer wishes. Despite the setback, Moresche has stayed strong, the support of the club, fans, and importantly his family back home in Brazil aiding his recovery.

“I’ve been out for nine months, and the first few months I went back home to Brazil. It was a good time because all of my family are there,” the striker said.

“I then came back here and worked so hard every day so I could play again.”

“The staff here, particularly Monty and Sergio, are so important to me because they gave me great training meaning I could finally come back.”

“I have never played with a team like this. It’s like family and for me it is so important because all my family are over in Brazil, so the club makes it feel like home.”

Moresche got his opportunity to return to the field last Friday night against Perth Glory in Perth, playing 22 minutes in the hard-fought 2-2 draw.

The 24-year-old stoked with his recovery and the opportunity to return to the field.

“I am feeling so happy because it’s been a long time. I still can’t believe I played last Friday”, said Moresche.

“I am feeling great, and my knee is stronger than ever before, so I am feeling no pain”.

“I just need some more minutes and the more games I play, the more I will be okay.”

The Mariners squad has changed over the course of Moresche’s injury, with new signings coming in and players leaving. 

Moresche is excited to continue playing with the new-look squad as he continues to stake his claim post-injury.

“We have such a powerful team, and it is good for me because the team has been playing really well with these new players,” said the Brazilian.

With only nine games left in the regular season and with plenty to play for as Mariners continue to hunt down top spot, Moresche has returned at the perfect time to help our quest.