The 30-year old left-back joined the Roar from A-League rivals North Queensland Fury in April and after moving around for the past few years, is keen to settle and focus on achieving some success in a new environment.
“I’m happy at the Roar, a club with a good bunch of players who are all working very hard at the moment,” he told tribalfootball.com. “It’s nice being back in Brisbane where there are grandparents only a suburb or two away, so nice having babysitters whenever you want or need them.”
After spending the better part of five years in Norway with Lillestrom and then FC Lyn Oslo, Stefanutto says his days of playing overseas are definitely behind him as he looks forward to enjoying the rest of his career in the A-League.
“I think my days in Europe are definitely over now as my full concentration is on making the Roar successful by winning a title and playing Asian Champions League). I have committed to the Roar for the long-term and that’s where I see my future being.”
Stefanutto went down with a knee injury last season but says he is now on the mend and close to getting back into full training which he is extremely excited about.
“I can say the knee is coming along well, just a matter of when I can start full contact training again,” he added further. “The fitness team is smashing me so I hope to be in top shape by the first round of the A-League and I’m really looking forward to the local derby versus Gold Coast.”
In a World Cup year, I couldn’t let Shane go without getting a few thoughts on what he believes may happen to Australia in South Africa.
“I can't wait for the World Cup to start, I have a lot of faith in the Australian players no matter what’s happened in the previous friendly matches leading in. As soon as that game against Germany starts, the boys will lift and shift to an even higher gear. They are a very successful and committed bunch and I am sure they will get the job done and make it through the group stages. I think it is too early to pick a winner, but an Australia versus Italy final would be a win-win for my family.”