New hairstyle, new season, new aims – Marcello Trotta is hoping to play a part for Fulham in the 2013/14 campaign.
The Italian youngster, who made his Fulham debut in an FA Cup tie at Everton in January 2012, made one appearance for the Whites last term as a substitute in the Capital One Cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday.
In November, he joined npower League One side Brentford in a deal that would eventually last until the end of the season. He scored nine goals during his stint at Griffin Park and feels he has returned to SW6 an improved player.
“It was a very important year for me,” Trotta told the official website. “I think last season was a crucial experience in different ways. I think I grew as a man and as a football player.
“Every game was different. We were looking for promotion so there was pressure in every match but the manager [Uwe Rosler] was very good and he encouraged us to never give up. He was a striker, too, as a player so straight away he helped me and taught me some new things.”
Trotta’s time at Brentford ended at Wembley but the Bees went down to a 2-1 defeat to Yeovil Town in the Play-Off Final, with the Fulham striker’s Whites teammate Dan Burn on target for the Glovers.
“It was amazing and unfortunately we lost the game but overall it was a great experience. It was a good day for Dan and for Yeovil. I was happy for him but disappointed for Brentford,” continued Trotta, whose highlight during his spell with the Bees was undoubtedly scoring in an FA Cup with Budweiser clash against Chelsea.
“For the occasion, that was the best moment from my time there,” said Trotta on his goal in the 2-2 draw at Griffin Park. “It was good and it gave me more confidence and a positive feeling.”
The 20-year-old is now back at Motspur Park and has set his sights on regular action for Martin Jol’s side this term.
“It’s good to be back – it’s very warm in training but it’s always nice to see everyone,” he stated. “The aim is to try and establish myself here and try to play a few games. I will do my best and hopefully the Manager will give me a chance.”