In a lengthy interview with Narva Trans webpage, Roman Śmiśko revealed about the reasons that pushed him to leave Levadia, the acclimatization at the new club and how he handles his family between Tallinn and Narva (210kms).
‘I have been on my way to Narva for four years,’ joked the Ukrainian goalie referring to the many away games, ‘and finally I got here.’ He then spoke seriously about how the decision to continue his career in Estonian football at the border-city club came, and it seems it was not entirely his decision.
‘At Levadia, the management decided that the team did not need me anymore’ confessed the former Levadia captain. ‘They said I was weaker than the new goalkeeper,’ revealed Śmiśko, 2013 and 2014 best goalkeeper of the Premium Liiga, speaking about the new Levadia shot stopper, Shirokov, purchased from Russia.
Śmiśko admitted that, compared to Levadia, the financial conditions offered by Narva were much different, however a concrete offer came and he accepted. ‘I decided that I want to continue playing football,’ confessed Roman, not yet ready to hang gloves and boots to the famous nail.
About the situation of Narva Trans squad Śmiśko is realistic and has no illusions whatsoever. ‘I was aware where I was heading to,’ admitted the the 31-year-old keeper who was born in Cesis, Latvia, when USSR was still on. ‘The team is really young and they tried to renew it, and I think it was a good choice,’ said Śmiśko who revealed that, after the 8-1 win against Narva Trans in 2014 last game, he told Narva Trans management that the team left him a good impression.
Śmiśko spent also good words for the season preparation led by head coach Aleksei Jagudin in the usual harsh conditions since there is no indoor hall in Narva.
Śmiśko went on speaking about his acclimatization in a new team and, especially, in a new defensive line. ‘I want to say that here, players, are more grateful for my words and indications, compared to my previous clubs,’ confessed Roman who spent his career also in Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania and Belarus besides his home country, Ukraine.
‘The lads appreciate my help adequately and they always listen to what I say,’ described the shot stopper who took a share of guilt for not being able to deliver his message in the last friendly game (Narva lost 3-0 to Kalju).
What is the target for Narva in 2015?
Roman tried to be careful, especially after what happened last season when the one set by the management went completely missing. However he didn’t hide that there’s need for ambitions in Estonian football, otherwise there would be little reason for playing. ‘Our target for 2015 could be to return in the leadership pool,’ offered the new shot-stopper of the border city club, ‘in the first places, in order to return playing in the Europa League.’
Smisko likes his new town. ‘It’s beautiful, especially the old town, where we go running with the team.’ However, while he lives in Narva for football, his family is left back in Tallinn. ‘My daughter goes to school there,’ confessed the keeper who thanked the club for letting him go back to Tallinn twice a week for a bit of family time.
Śmiśko will debut with Narva in Premium Liiga in a home fixture against Pärnu Linnameeskond (7th of March at 16:30)