Leicester's Aussie young gun out to impress

Young Australian defender Callum Elder has recently re-signed with English Premier League side Leicester City and is pushing to impress new Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri.

Elder, from Mosman in Sydney’s north, has been with Leicester since 2012 and came through the club’s academy ranks.

“I’ve just signed a new two-year deal which I’m stoked about,” the fullback told FourFourTwo.

“It’s great to have that two years, it sort of shows the vision that Leicester have in me as a player.

“And hopefully one day I will play for Leicester in the first-team and I’ll work hard to put myself in the position to hopefully achieve that.”

Elder moved to England to join Leicester at age 16.

“I’m really enjoying it – it’s not easy living away from home missing friends and family but you get used to it,” he said.

“At the end of the day it’s your career and you’ve got to make these kinds of sacrifices if you want to succeed. I’m working hard over here. I had a successful loan spell last season at Mansfield.

 “I’ve come back strong and hopefully will do well at Leicester. If I’m not involved in the first-team plans at Leicester I’ll look to go back on loan again, and hopefully get a loan in a higher division, which is my aim. I’m always looking to progress.”

The former Manly United junior, made 21 appearances with one assist during his six-month loan stint with Mansfield, helping the League Two side finish 21st and avoid relegation.

“I’d like to think I repaid the faith the manager and the club showed in me with my performances,” Elder said.

“It was great to be able to do that at the age of 20. It’s something I want to build on this season if I do go out on loan, hopefully perform even better. I think it made me grow up as a player and as a person.

“It was the men’s world of football and you have to move on quickly in terms of results. We managed to stay up in the end which was great.”

Elder has also played for the Young Socceroos.

“That was a great experience as well, playing under Paul Okon in Malaysia,” he said.

“Hopefully I get more call-ups in the future – I’ll be putting my best foot forward over here.”

The versatile defender can play in the centre or left of defence, and on the left wing, but sees left back as his primary position.

Elder notched up four assists in 26 matches in the Under-21s during the 2014-2015 season.

“I’d like to think of myself as an attacking player so I feel comfortable slotting into a left midfield position,” he said.

“I enjoy the attacking side of fullback, effecting play higher up the pitch. I think the role suits me. I like to think I’m an energetic player who can get up and down the flank.”