Gombau's style draws Jeggo out of his 'comfort zone'

Australia youth international James Jeggo will officially make the move to Adelaide next week and believes getting out of his ‘comfort zone’ will bring out the best in him.

The 22-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career in Melbourne, enjoying four years at Victory after a spell at the VIS, before penning a two-year deal with Josep Gombau’s Reds.

Jeggo and his girlfriend will move to Adelaide next week ahead of pre-season training which begins in mid-July.

The youngster revealed to FourFourTwo he doesn’t know any of the Adelaide players on a personal level but was excited by the challenge.

“One thing I wanted to do was take myself out of my comfort zone, going to Adelaide will do that,” Jeggo said.

“Being away from family and friends, and having been at Victory for four years, the fresh challenge of a new coach with a slightly different style of play is something I’m looking forward to.”

Gombau and Adelaide signalled their interest in Jeggo early in the 2013-14 season and reached agreement on the move in January.

After struggling for game-time under Victory coach Kevin Muscat, Jeggo was delighted to hear of the interest from the Spaniard, who is currently in his homeland enjoying a break.

“Being a manager’s signing makes a big difference, which is something I’ve found and another reason for the move,” Jeggo said.

“As soon as I heard of the interest I felt excited about it. I’ve spoken to him a few times, so I’m looking forward to getting there and working with him.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to about him have had rave reviews and love working under him.

“You just need to look at the way he’s improved players at Adelaide – that’s a massive draw for me.”

Jeggo conceded he’ll be no walk-up starter for the Reds but was excited to learn off the likes of Isaias, Marcello Carrusca and Osama Malik.

He also believes Gombau’s style of play suits him and can elevate him to a new level.

“It’s a style of football which I love to watch and play” he added.

“You have so much of the ball and you look to dominate the game.

“Especially playing in the middle of the park puts a lot of demands on you. That’ll be good for me personally.


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