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Excitement building ahead of Coopers return, says Kitto

Ryan Kitto speaks to media at Coopers Stadium ahead of Round 4.

Adelaide United defender, Ryan Kitto, spoke to media at Coopers Stadium on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Reds’ Round 4 clash against Perth Glory.

In what will be the first fixture in Hindmarsh for the Isuzu UTE 2022/23 season, Kitto has said seeing the new developments in the flesh has peaked his excitement to new heights for what will be a significant homecoming for his teammates and himself.

Coopers’ upgrades:
“It’s very exciting.

“Just walking here (to Coopers Stadium), it was the first time I’ve had a good look at it (since the renovations began).

“It’s giving me goosebumps already and I can’t wait for for Sunday to come – it’s going to be awesome.

“To have the that (eastern) stand with cover and the new corporate boxes; it all looks amazing.

“Hopefully Sunday we can get a big crowd and everyone wants to come out and see it, and we can put in a good performance and get our first three points (of the season).”

Importance of three points:
“They’re invaluable.

“We have to start winning and I think Sunday was a step in the right direction.

“We’re really happy with the output and, like we said, the way we put in a resilient performance (last week).

Ryan Kitto training at the VALO Training Centre.

“Prior to the red card (issued to Hiroshi Ibusuki), we were playing some really good football, creating some really good chances.

“We’ve created good chances over the first three games and I think in front of our home fans everyone’s going to be pretty hungry and keen to score and win.”

Ibusuki’s dismissal then and now:
“I think common sense prevailed.

“It obviously doesn’t change the impact that had on the last game, but I hope, as a football fan, not just a player, that we don’t see that happen again because it probably ruined what was going to be a really good game.

“I was disappointed that it was a foul in the first place and then I saw the (red) card come out.

“You probably think (the Video Assistant Referee) is going to overturn it, but it didn’t happen.

“(We) have to be extremely proud of the boys and the way we got on with it.

“We got on with the job and even going 2-1 down and then to make it to 2-2 and hold on for for a valuable point, we did really well.”

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