Sydney FC defender, Jacob Tratt has labelled his love and passion for the game of football as a driving factor towards staying motivated to keep pushing for his A-League dream.

Tratt, who scored in his Sydney FC debut on the weekend against the Western Sydney Wanderers spoke on Evenings on FNR and said his mentality has helped give him a clear perspective on why he plays football.

“I think it comes down to my own mentality to be fair,” Tratt said.

“I actually really love the game and I think the journey I have been on in the last couple years has given me clarity on why I actually play football.”

After a stint last-season at Sutherland Sharks, the twenty-five-year-old defender also spoke about the standard of NPL football in New South Wales where he believes the quality between the NPL and A-League is starting to tighten.

“The standard has been getting a lot closer between the NPL and the A-League but I guess the big difference with the A-League is that they have got the superstars,” Tratt said.

“They have the marquees and they are the ones who can make the huge difference in games and I think the overall standard of each player is just a little bit better as well.”

He also went on to discuss his surprise appearance in the side along with scoring on his debut saying he couldn’t be more satisfied with how it all panned out.

“I couldn’t be more stoked to be obviously playing first of all, but to get the winner in the Derby, I couldn’t be happier,” Tratt said.

Sydney FC travel to Perth to take on the Glory on Friday night at NIB Stadium.

Nick D’Urbano