Lee Godzisz is living the dream at FootballCV Academy
Lee Godzisz is new to life at the FootballCV Academy, but he’s thoroughly enjoying his time so far as a full-time footballer.
Godzisz is part of the 2016/2017 intake, and is pleased with the opportunity that has been put in front of him.
Like many of his team-mates, it’s his first time away from his home, in London, but he’s at the Academy for a reason - to become a professional footballer.
“I’ve always wanted to play football for a living,” he said. “Eat healthy, train properly, and live like a professional would do. The Academy has given me that opportunity so I’m living the dream in a way.
“I struggled at first with leaving home, it was the first time being away from home and it was strange. Regular football helps to focus me.
“I’m here at the Academy to get a career, I want to turn professional. I get a text every morning from home telling me to do my best so I’ve got to do it.”
Life on the pitch in a Reds shirt has started well for Godzisz.
The Academy have got off to a strong start to the season, with two wins from two, and the defender has scored in both of those games, which he admitted came as a surprise.
“I wasn’t expecting to get goals this early on, especially as I’m playing centre-back at the minute, although I do want to play in midfield.
“We seemed to have gelled together very quickly, I wasn’t expecting that. I was expecting for us to be a little bit all over the place at the start. I think living together helps the chemistry, we joke around and have got to know each other pretty well.
“We won our first league game 7-0 and I thought we performed brilliantly. Then the second game was 2-1. We played well, and got the win. It wasn’t made easier as the pitch was pretty poor, considering we’re used to training and playing on the astro.”
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There is clear promise in this Academy side already and Godzisz is excited to see where they’ll be further down the line, if they are to keep improving at the rate they are doing so.
Although this is the first Academy the youngster has been involved in, he knows he's in the right hands under the guidance of head coach Grant Brown.
“He [Brown] tells you as it is, he would not lie to you to make you happy. He’s straight forward with us on how we need to improve as players and that helps. He’s the best coach I’ve worked under.
“We all want to get better each week. We’re getting better with every session so as we get more settled as a squad throughout the season, we could be a very good side. I can’t wait to see how good we’ll be in a couple of months time, it’ll be immense.
“The improvements we’ll make as a team and individuals will be massive. It’s going to be hard work, but we’ll enjoy it.”