Juric laments injury-ridden campaign

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Tomi Juric says his first season in the Eredivise with Roda JC Kerkrade was not good enough by his standards but he is hoping to improve in the new campaign. 

Juric made 20 appearances, 17 in the league and three in the Dutch Cup, scoring seven goals and setting up two after he arrived from Western Sydney Wanderers last year. 

The striker helped Roda stay up in the Dutch top flight but he was hampered by injuries, with groin and knee complaints, throughout the year.

“There was a lot of ups and downs I guess,” Juric told FourFourTwo.

“Inconsistent, which has been really tough for me. A whole year of adaption as well, I could say that. I started off strong, I was really happy with the way I was going.

“I was a bit unfortunate with my injury that I got in the training camp in Portugal. That put me back a fair bit, it was an uphill battle from then. I tried to get as many games as possible at the end of the season and that’s what I did.

“But by my standards not good enough. Hopefully next year where I continue it will be much better.”

Juric is in line for his first Socceroo appearance against England since Australia took on Kyrgyzstan in November.

The 24-year old said he has been working hard on his fitness.

“I wouldn’t say I’m in the condition I was in the last match I was involved in, the Kyrgyzstan game,” he said.

“But I’ve been working pretty hard in this last part of the season to get my fitness levels up. Hopefully I’ve done enough to be able to give at this level. It’s great to be back. It’s something you don’t want to let go of.”

Juric or young centre forward Jamie Maclaren will lead the line against the Three Lions, with Tim Cahill and Apostolos Giannou unavailable.

The Roda attacker says the Socceroos have goals in them to trouble England’s defence.

“Without a doubt,” he said.

“Jamie’s been in great form and had a great season with Brisbane. Without a doubt we’ve got enough firepower up front to score some goals. It’s not just on me and Jamie, we’ve got other players who can deliver in the final third and that’s what’s so exciting about this team.”