One-time Socceroo Brent McGrath is hoping his move to Danish Superliga club Esbjerg fB can help him return to the national team set-up.
McGrath, still only 24, joined Esbjerg last week on a three-year deal after scoring 15 goals for second tier club Fredericia in the 2015-16 season.
The striker was this week voted by Fredericia’s members and sponsors as the club’s player of the year too, to cap a brilliant week.
He made his Socceroos against Germany back in 2011, while still a teenager when he was with Danish powerhouse Brondby. His career has seen him move to Australia and Thailand since then, before returning to Denmark where he hit a rich vein of form this season.
McGrath had options in the Dutch Eredivisie and Germany’s 2.Bundesliga next season but opted for Esbjerg with a view to boosting his reinvigorated career and eventually earn a Socceroos recall.
“I believe it’s the right move for me to kick on and hopefully get back in the national side,” McGrath told FourFourTwo.
“To be honest there were a few teams in Scandinavia, Holland and Germany.
“What basically made me decide to hang around Denmark was the game time. I’m still fairly young.
“It’s always nice to go to a big team and collect some dollars, but if you’re not playing, the hard work I’ve done this year in the First Division could’ve been a waste.
“I’ve gone on my chances of game-time. It’s up to me at Esbjerg, if I perform on the training pitch, I should be given a shot.”
There are few out-and-out Australian strikers scoring regularly around the globe, which will work in McGrath’s favour if he finds form in the Superliga which he said is first and foremost on his mind.
Robbie Kruse, Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren are the Socceroos’ only forward options for this week’s friendly with England.
Tim Cahill, Apostolos Giannou, Nathan Burns and Mathew Leckie will link up with the squad for the Greece friendlies.
“If you’re playing at a top club or one of the best leagues in Europe and you’re doing your job consistently, scoring goals as a striker, hopefully Ange keeps an eye out,” McGrath said. “That’s the dream.
“With anyone, if a striker is scoring goals, hopefully there will be interest.
“That’s my next goal, to become a starting XI member and continue scoring goals.
“That’s where I’m at in my career. It’s time to kick on and see how far I can go.”
McGrath, who speaks fluent Danish after eight years at Brondby, will miss Fredericia’s final game of the season due to suspension.
He said he was delighted to farewell the club by being recognized as the club’s player of the year.
“It’s an honour for me,” McGrath said.
“It goes to show hard work pays off and if you do the right thing, there’s always people watching you.
“It’s a nice way for me to finish my season at Fredericia. It couldn’t have gone any better.”comments