Stefan Nigro shuts door on Melbourne Victory career to embark on new challenge at Brisbane Roar

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The utility enjoyed a breakout season and ultimate success only five months ago, but is now ready to begin a new chapter

Is there anything better than winning a Championship with the team you supported as a kid?

Stefan Nigro has lived that dream with Melbourne Victory - and he recalls the 1-0 victory in last season's A-League grand final fondly.

"That [grand final] was the peak of my football career so far – the best day of my career," Nigro told Goal.

"It was amazing to win in front of a lot of away support and with a club I supported ever since they were created.

"It was a very special moment and something I’ll never ever forget."

But 10 days after the ecstasy, the 22-year-old was given the news he was no longer required at Victory, and two months would pass until he was snapped up by Brisbane Roar.

While Nigro doesn't want to forget his time at the club which gave him his opportunity, he has moved on and is embracing his new challenge in the Sunshine State under John Aloisi.

"Football is full of highs and lows and I have lot of respect for Victory. But I’m fully focused on my new job at Brisbane," he said.

"The [Victory] part of my career – that door has shut – and I’m fully focused on doing my job [in Brisbane] and taking my game to another level."

The Ballarat-born utility enjoyed a breakout season at Victory last campaign, earning 21 of his 28 career A-League appearances at both full-back positions.

And having lived in Melbourne all his life, Nigro's move to Brisbane initially took time to get used to - but now he is thriving and enjoying the differences in the cities.

"It’s been a big change for me – leaving my family and friends and [Brisbane’s] a completely different environment," Nigro said.

"One big difference is the weather – it’s a lot warmer up here to Melbourne. It’s a real positive for me.

"But the most important part is the football side of it and I’m really enjoying it at the moment."

Nigro says his transition to Brisbane was helped significantly by Aloisi - who he crossed paths with at Victory while the former Socceroo was a youth coach.

And he feels after experiencing two months of pre-season that something special is brewing at Suncorp Stadium this campaign.

"I’ve got a lot of respect for John – he has welcomed me into the club straight away," he said.

"He’s a very good coach and he is helping me take my game to the next level.

"Every team’s goal is to win the league and that’s what we are striving for. You have to aim for the top. We want to be winning titles and win every single game we play.

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"Everyone is putting in the hard yards. The standard of training is very high. We’ve seen in the games we have played that we are gelling well as a team.

"There is lots of competition for places and we’re all pushing each other – which is very healthy."

Nigro will hope to impress in Roar's upcoming friendlies against a Brisbane Premier League select team [September 29] and the Young Socceroos [October 4].

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