HEADING into pre-season training with Narrabeen, Sipan Berti didn’t really know what to expect.
After dropping down from Manly United, he knew he would be kicked and heavily marked by older and more experienced players – what intrigued Berti was the standard of the MWFA Premier League.
A return of 20 goals from 17 games and friends for life provided the answer.
“It has probably been the most enjoyable season I’ve ever had,” Berti said.
“I am still weighing up a few things, but at this stage I am leaning towards staying with Narrabeen, state league football doesn’t really interest me.
“One of my main aims this year was to rediscover my passion for the game, which I’ve done.
“Our home pitch is sensational and the lads are great, we socialise a fair bit away from football.”
Berti also expects the Beanies to be a powerhouse in 2019.
“We are a very young squad, we blooded plenty of new faces, that will be beneficial next year,” the 21-year-old said.
“I’m also looking forward to Curl Curl coming up, they sound like a very good side.
“Hopefully we can challenge for a spot in the top four.”
Berti is locked in a two-way battle with Brookvale striker Justin Hayward for the MWFA Premier League Golden Boot.
The winner will be announced on Saturday night at the annual awards nightout of the Manly Novotel.