AFTER bursting on to the scene at the end of the 2011/12 season, Joel Chianese is trying to work his way back into the Sydney FC starting side.
The young forward scored six goals in his first nine appearances in the A-League.
But injuries plagued the 23-year-old former Blacktown Demons player, and he's looking to repay coach Frank Farina's faith.
"I had a few injury issues that lingered throughout last season and did not get on the pitch as much as I wanted," Chianese said.
"The pre-season has been great so far and there is a heap of competition for places."
Sydney FC begin their A-League campaign against the Newcastle Jets on October 11 at Allianz Stadium.