I’m here to play. That’s the message from James Jeggo ahead of the Caltex Socceroos' FIFA Confederations Cup campaign.
The Sturm Graz midfielder was a late replacement for injured skipper Mile Jedinak, but told reporters in Sochi he’s now desperate to debut for his country.
“That’s the aim,” Jeggo said.
“Now I’ve been given the chance to come here I want to make an impression and not just be here to make up the numbers.
“I want to try to get on the pitch and make my debut.
“My first thought when I missed out was what I needed to do to make sure that’s not the case next time.
“Luckily I’ve got a bit of a reprieve and come in and I want to make the most of it.
“I need to train well, do what the boss wants and hopefully I get a chance,” he said.
SLOTTING INTO ANGE’S SYSTEM
Jeggo arrives off the back of an excellent season in the Austrian top-flight, where he played 30 games as Sturm Graz finished third in the Tipico Bundesliga.
And he’s confident he can quickly adjust to coach Ange Postecoglou’s re-jigged formation.
“I’ve been in camp a couple of times so I’ve got a general idea of the things they’re looking for,” Jeggo said.
“I’ve also watched the games when I’ve not been involved.
“You can pick up quite a bit but obviously at training you tend to pick up things quite quickly.
“They’re very clear in what they want so I’ll be looking to pick up the little bits and bobs in the formation.”
JIMMY READY TO GRAB HIS CHANCE
As for what he can add to the Caltex Socceroos, Jeggo is confident he has plenty to offer.
“Every player has their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
“As a player I’ve got things that I think I do well and that’s what I’ll try to bring to training and the team.
“If the boss thinks it’s something that could help the team then that would be perfect.”