Gersbach: I can't wait to get stuck in

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Norway bound Alex Gersbach is buzzing at the prospect of playing professional football in Europe after Sydney FC agreed a transfer fee over the weekend with the Norwegian champions Rosenberg. 

Gersbach was on contract to Sydney FC until the end of the A-League season and it seemed initially that he would leave and his club would be left without a transfer fee.

However, an agreement between the two clubs was reached with six months left on the teenager’s contract.

It’s also believed that a decent transfer fee was paid to Sydney FC and if in the future the 18 year old moves to a bigger European club a sell-on clause could net the Harbour club an even bigger fee.

It’s been a meteoric rise for Gersbach as the teenager was still at high school when he made his A-League debut last season.

With his marauding attacking runs and ability to swing in dangerous crosses from the left, many have called for the youngster's inclusion in the Socceroos camp after continuing his eye catching form in his second year at the Sky Blues.

Now the former AIS graduate is on his way to play professionally in Europe and the youngster has a feeling of anticipation about his big move.

“It’s really an exciting time,” said Gersbach.

“There is plenty of excitement and nerves floating about. I’m just really looking forward to getting there and doing my medical then I’ll sign, and if all goes well, I’ll begin my career in Europe. 

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it and really working hard and trying to play football and improve myself.”

The Young Socceroo and Olyroo starlet revealed that while the discussions with the club were going on behind the scenes for a while, the move to Norway did occur rapidly in the end.

“I suppose it’s been going on for a while, all the negotiations and that kind of stuff,” Gersbach said. 

“But it did happen very quickly at the same time with the whole transfer situation.

"I wasn’t sure I was going to go in January but it’s worked out that way and that all happened quickly and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Champions League football perhaps beckons for Gersbach after Rosenberg won the Norwegian league by 12 points and the Sutherland Sharks junior expects it will take some time to get used to his new life in Scandinavia.

“Yeah of course it will take a bit of time to adjust to life over there,” he said.

“The weather, the people, the language all those things like that.  There is plenty of things to think about and it’s going to take a while to adjust but hopefully football will help me to do that as quickly as possible.

“They are a massive club, they are a big European club, I’ve done a fair bit of research and obviously I’ll get to know more about them once I get there and do my medical. 

“But I’m really looking forward to it.”

Alex Gersbach is a PUMA brand ambassador and was speaking after the PUMA Big Shot event in Sydney.

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.