Nick Suman is out to make more cup headlines with Cove Rangers after enjoying success in the national knockout competition back in his homeland in 2022.
The big keeper was part of the Macarthur squad which won the Australia Cup that year with a 2-0 win over Sydney United, and having left the A-League behind, and moved across the world to further his career, Nick now wants a taste of the Scottish Cup action.
He says he has been made well aware of the importance of the tournament:
“Everyone has been talking about it, everyone’s looking forward to the game. I’ve noticed that even in training, all the boys hoping that the gaffer picks them for Saturday. There’s a real buzz about the place.”
“There’s a belief there, one hundred percent there is. We have to go there with confidence, execute our game plan and hopefully create some good memories.
“I was lucky enough to win the Cup in Australia, that was incredible, and I definitely want to experience more of those kind of feelings.”
Nick has already played two ties, starting both the win over Stirling back in November and the much-delayed fourth round meeting with Brora Rangers. That one, he admits, was quite an experience:
“It was certainly different, a cold Tuesday night, and we made it tough for ourselves going to extra-time, but we got the job done. It was a long bus ride, but it was a good laugh, we stopped in Inverness to break it up a bit, and the main thing was getting through to the next round.
“We knew we had Kilmarnock, and it’s a game we’re all ready for. You want to test yourselves against the best and we’ll be going there to give it a good crack.”
Having missed just one game, through injury, since claiming the keeper’s shirt at the start of September, the Aussie has been a key member of the side, pulling off a string of fine performances and countless excellent saves.
With Killie flying high in the Premiership, and very much in contention for a European place, Nick knows he is likely to be in for a busy afternoon:
“That’s sometimes a good thing for us as keepers, you like to be busy and do your bit for the boys. If you make an early save, get an early touch, I like that, the manager maybe doesn’t want that, but I think it helps me, it gets me into the game, lets me feel my way.
“It will be busy, but it will be good fun; I’m really looking forward to it, and in cup football you never know what can happen.”
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