Socceroos striker Adam Taggart has played and scored in his first game in seven weeks as his K League club, Suwon Bluewings, took on K 2 side Seoul E-Land in a friendly match.
Taggart scored the only goal of the game with a header from a corner in the 10th minute of the encounter, which was played following the K League’s announcement of a May 8 start date for the Korean top-flight season.
The K League is one of the first leagues around the world to set a date for the season to commence or recommence as COVID-19 restrictions are starting to be eased in some countries.
The friendly match provided the first step towards Taggart and Suwon Bluewings’ preparations ahead of a season-opener against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on May 8 in under two weeks.
“It’s nice to get back out there and have a game against a K 2 side - so it was a decent standard game,” Taggart told socceroos.com.au.
“We knew before that game that there was a date to start the K League, which made it a little bit more important knowing that you're sort of preparing for something.
“[The game] definitely had a little bit more of a buzz and a little bit more urgency in your performance and, and to try and get yourself back up to scratch and back up to speed as quickly as possible.”
"You definitely felt a little bit rusty but was I was happy with with the way things went and happy to get a goal."
He added: “Two weeks is only a short time to get ready [for the start of the season]… The date is set now and the first game of the season that we can look forward to”.
For the start of the season, the K League has introduced a series of rules in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing regulations, which can be read here.
The latest information for Socceroos players can be found below:
- Adam Taggart (Suwon Bluewings) - K League, return date set for May 8
- Brandon Borrello (SC Freiburg) and Matthew Leckie's (Hertha Berlin) - Bundesliga proposed return date of May 9
- Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus) and Thomas Deng (Urawa Red Diamonds) - J-League, proposed return date of May 9
- Aaron Mooy and Mathew Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) - Premier League, postponed indefinitely
- Trent Sainsbury (Maccabi Haifi) – Israeli Premier League, postponed indefinitely
- Tom Rogic (Celtic), Daniel Arzani (Celtic) and Martin Boyle (Hibernian) – Scottish Premiership, postponed indefinitely
- Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade) – Serbian Super Liga, postponed indefinitely
- Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley), Bailey Wright (Bristol City) and Adam Federici (Stoke City) – Championship, postponed indefinitely
- Harry Souttar (Fleetwood Town) - Football League One, postponed indefinitely
- Awer Mabil (FC Midtjylland) and Mustafa Amini (AGF) - Danish Superliga, postponed indefinitely
- James Jeggo (Austria Wien) - Austrian Bundesliga, postponed until at least early May, TBD
- Craig Goodwin (Al-Wehda) - Saudi Pro League, postponed indefinitely
- Aziz Behich (Istanbul Başakşehir) - Turkish Super Lig, postponed indefinitely
- Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca) - Cypriot First Division, postponed indefinitely
- Ajdin Hrustic (FC Groningen) - Eredivisie, postponed indefinitely and could potentially be cancelled
- Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk) - Belgian Pro League, season cancelled but decision is yet to be fully finalised
- Brad Smith (Cardiff City) – MLS, postponed until at least June 8
- Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Mitchell Duke (Western Sydney Wanderers), Josh Risdon (Western United) and Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) – A-League, postponed indefinitely. FFA recently announced that they would continue with the postponement