“It was always an aim of mine to be a professional footballer but last year I sort of gave up on that and didn’t expect to leave Canberra, but then I got the call.
“I guess this is sort of one of those last ditch opportunities in my career to play at the top level.”
Gulevski always believed he was good enough, but said coming from Canberra made it tough to get noticed on the national stage.
United were handed a one-year NYL licence and after just one win their future is uncertain, but Gulevski said it was imperative the team remains in the competition.
“I’ve played against [A-League contracted] guys at nationals and always thought I held my own really well,” Gulevski said.
“There are others in the ACT who deserve an opportunity but we just don’t have that exposure that other kids do in other states.
“There are good players in Canberra, it’s just a matter of the right people seeing you at the right time and an A-League club giving you a chance.
“It is tougher coming from Canberra because it’s not every day they’re going to come down and watch you play, that’s why the NYL is so important for us, it provides that exposure.”
The FFA has approved A-League expansion plans with an eye towards the 2019-20 season and Munoz said only if Canberra can secure a team will he be able to keep his best players.
“This is part of the job that is the most satisfying, to see a youth player with talent and ambition go on to bigger clubs that are able to provide them with the opportunities that at the moment in Canberra we can not,” Munoz said.
“Until we have an A-League team in Canberra we will not be able to provide players with that opportunity.
That’s why the NYL team in Canberra is essential, we need that more than anything right now for all the young talent coming through.”
Eamonn Tiernan is a sports reporter with The Canberra Times
Morning & Afternoon Newsletter