Jeggo: Austria, the next 'level'

Jimmy Jeggo has hit the ground running after his whirlwind transfer to Austrian Bundesliga outfit Sturm Graz and believes his new club can take him to the next level.

The midfielder debuted for his new club on Wednesday last week, two days before his 24th birthday, after inking a two-and-a-half-year deal in late January.

Jeggo’s debut was in the first XI in an Austrian Cup quarter-final against no less than reigning league and cup winners Red Bull Salzburg.

He acquitted himself well but it was a tough initiation to life at his new club.

According to Jeggo, who joined Graz from Adelaide United, it was typical of what has been a crazy few weeks.

“I woke up to a message on the Monday morning in Adelaide, there was a bid that went to the club and after some jostling, I was on a plane two days later,” Jeggo told FourFourTwo.

“I got home from training on the Wednesday and found out I had to be on a flight in a few hours. 

“I went straight to Turkey (for Graz’s winter training camp) with the suitcase and signed and then went to Graz. }

“I trained for the first time with the team maybe four days before their first game  where I was on the bench.”

Jeggo, who was born in Vienna and spent the first 10 years of his life in Austria, is still living out of his suitcase in a hotel in Graz but will move into a permanent apartment next week.

He has been told by Graz boss Franco Foda to be patient with first-team opportunities as he adjusts to a new league and country.

But Jeggo, who speaks some German from his childhood in Vienna, is eager to make an impact.

“I know it’ll take time but I also don’t want to wait around. I’d love to break into the first team and help us push for Europe,” Jeggo said.

“I think I did okay against Salzburg and hopefully as I adjust to training and settle in, I can make an impact.”

Jeggo added he believes his new club is the perfect place to take his game to the next level. 

“That was the biggest thing coming over here,” Jeggo said. “I want to improve as a player and try and take my game to a new level. 

“Already in the two weeks I’ve been here, I’ve seen it’s the perfect place to do that. 

“I’m excited by how much improvement I think I can get here.”

Jeggo added he doesn’t believe playing in Europe will automatically lead to Socceroos opportunities, rather he said performing well will do that.

As for comparing the Austrian league to the A-League, Jeggo was complimentary to both

“There’s a lot of little differences. It is a bit quicker here. Training is quick, the games are quick and quite physical,” he said. 

“At the same time, there’s a lot of things I learnt in Australia at both Melbourne and Adelaide which has held me in good stead here. 

“It’s interesting comparing the two. I think it is a little bit quicker here and the players are all very technically sound. Training is intense. 

“That’s probably one of the things I’ve enjoyed most, everyday in training you match up to that intensity and play at that speed. I hope it’ll take my game to another level.”