Nicky John has been chatting to some familiar faces from the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League. This week, she chats to a man who is going for the treble during his first season with The New Saints, Adrian Cieslewicz.
First of all, how are you enjoying your first season at The New Saints?!
I’m really enjoying my time at The New Saints, it’s a very professional club with some great players, a great manager and some fantastic people who work really hard behind the scenes, all which has helped make the club as successful as it is!
It’s also your first season of Welsh Premier football, how are you finding your experience so far?
I think it’s a very physical league, but I’m used to that after spending a few years in the conference!
There are some talented players within the WPL who perhaps don’t get as much recognition as they should!
The New Saints are going for the treble – what’s it like to be part of a team who are yet to lose a game?!
It’s great to be part of it, but we not getting ahead of ourselves and we just take one game at the time! It’s great to be part of it as it hasn’t been done before, and we want to go all season unbeaten!
Everyone is working hard on the training pitch to keep our standards up during every game, and for me personally it would be great to win the treble during my first season at the club. But we must just take one game at the time, and see where it takes us!
Which of your team mates have you been most impressed with?
I think Sam Finley who has now gone on to join Wrexham – he is a young talented player with a lot of potential, and hopefully he’ll go far in his career!
Also, Aeron Edwards, he keeps our team ticking in midfield.
I could go on of course as all our players have something important which they bring for the team!
Sam Finley has recently been loaned out to Wrexham, a club where you spent five years of your career – have you been able to offer him any advice?!
I just wished him all the best as he left. As long as he keeps his head down and works hard then I’m sure he could become a strong individual in the Wrexham team!
As a full time club, how do you think the Saints compare with some of the previous clubs you’ve played at?
Having played in the conference, which is a really physical league with a lot of physical players, I think at TNS we have more players who are very good technically, rather than being very physical.
It’s great because the standard of training is always very high, and for me personally I enjoy it a lot more because I’m not the biggest player!
Are there any players or clubs within the league that have stood out to you up to this point?
There are several good players in the league but the one who has most stood out has to be Chris Venables considering all the goals he’s scored!
Also Ian Sheridan at Bala – he seems to get his share of goals!
Who was your football hero as a child?
My dad played professional football back in Poland for about 20 years, so I always wanted to follow in his footsteps!
He played for Slask Wroclal, Stilon Gorzow, Aluminium Konin, and also for the Polish national team at youth level.
Like your father, you also represented Poland at youth level, didn’t you?
Yes I did – it was when I was at Man City as a youth player. I got called up for 2 games against Finland which were preparation matches for the European championship.
Unfortunately, due to personal reasons I didn’t go to the championships, but it’s a memory that I will always remember fondly.
Who is your favourite player these days?
I’m a Real Madrid fan so it has to be Cristiano Ronaldo!
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a footballer?
Since I was a little boy, I always wanted to be a footballer, probably because I come from a family where my dad played football, and also my brother still plays – he played in Denmark for Brondby If and Hvidovre before moving to the Faroe Islands where he now plays for B36 Torshavn, who were the champions of the Faroe islands last year.
So, if I wasn’t a footballer, I’m not sure what I’d do! I haven’t really ever thought about it!
You spent some time with your brother at B36 before joining The New Saints, didn’t you? What was that like?!
Yes I did, and it was great to be a part of a team where he played as well. I got the chance to play in the Europa League which was something I hadn’t done before.
I was injured for about 3 months last season, so just wanted to play through the summer to get myself fit for when I eventually came back to play in the UK!
Most memorable match you’ve ever watched as a fan?
It would have to be the AC Milan v Liverpool final, when Liverpool were 3-0 down at half time and ended up wining the Champions League! It’s a game which is always at the back of my mind!
When you’re not playing football or training, how do you most like to spend your time?
I like to spend time with my friends and family , there is always something to do! I’ve got a boxer dog, so he needs quite a bit of walking.
I don’t have any kids yet, so at the moment I’m still enjoying my time on the sofa in front of the telly!
Tell us a random Adrian Cieslewicz fact…
I can speak 4 languages, and one of them is Faroese as I lived in the Faroe Islands for a while. I don’t imagine many people can speak that over here, so if you ever need anything translating, just give me a shout!
Four languages?! Impressive! Any plans to learn Welsh?!
My girlfriend is Welsh so I’ve already had a bit of a start! But for me, I think the language would be a bit too hard to learn!
Remember, you can catch Adrian and the rest of the New Saints as they take on Aberystwyth at Park Avenue in our live game on Sunday, at 1pm on S4C.