Mathew Ryan is aiming to prove to the Valencia coaching staff and supporters he's ready to become the club's new number one ahead of a friendly against Roma on Saturday.
The Socceroos goalkeeper made the move to Los Che from Club Brugge last month and is well placed to start the 2015-16 Liga campaign between the sticks in the absence of injured Brazilian shot-stopper Diego Alves.
The next test for the former Central Coast Mariner is a meeting with Serie A side Roma this weekend, before the Primera Division season opener away to Rayo Vallecano on August 22.
"I can't wait for Saturday and the start of the season," he said.
"I hope that I can convince everyone here that I'm the right man for the job and I'm the right man to help the team win games."
Ryan, along fellow newcomers Santiago Mina, Danilo Barbosa and Zakaria Bakkali, was taken aback by the warm reception he received upon their collective presentation to more than 7,000 fans at Estadio Mestalla.
"I knew it was going to be big but it's been surprising how big it's been," he said.
"To see the excitement and the passion from the fans, it's really exciting."
Aussies Abroad: Luongo gallant in Watford defeat
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo can turn his attention to the EFLChampionship after QPR crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT). The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 loss to Watford at Loftus Road, in a tight game where each side cou
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's FA Cup action on the cards for two Australians this weekend as another prepares for a massive top-of-the-table encounter. Multiple players are involved in matches with major title ramifications, while Mark Milligan has a new manager to impress in Scotland. Read on t
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic keeps clean sheet as Genk earn crucial away result
Danny Vukovic was the only Caltex Socceroo in action on Friday morning (AEDT) as his Genk side secured a 0-0 away draw against Slavia Prague in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32. Vukovic played a crucial role in earning a clean sheet, making five saves as Slavia bombarded the
Joeys squad announced for next month's UEFA-hosted youth tournament in Turkey
Joeys Head Coach Trevor Morgan today confirmed Australia’s squad for next month’s UEFA-hosted youth tournament in Turkey. Twenty of Australia’s best youth footballers will travel to Antalya in March for matches against the host nation (4 March), Tanzania (6 March), and Guinea