Socceroo striker Tomi Juric says the ongoing saga about his club future over the past nine months never worried him.
The former Western Sydney forward joined Dutch club Roda JC in mid-August after a protracted departure from the A-League.
Speculation on Juric’s future had been growing since the Asian Cup and moves to China and Europe broke down.
But the 24-year old said while it “feels good” to have his future sorted he wasn’t “worried about it at all”.
“A lot of the stuff that came out in the media, half of it, I never heard about,” Juric told FourFourTwo while in camp for the Socceroos ahead of Friday morning’s World Cup qualifier (AEDT).
“For me, just to get settled and concentrate on my football for now is probably the best thing that could have happened at that time.
“I wasn’t concerned because I knew what was going on and everything, from my side, was fine.”
Juric has made a strong start to the Eredivisie, with one goal in two appearances in the league and a goal from one game in the KNVB Beker Cup.
“It’s been good,” he said.
“I’ve got Danny De Silva and Rostyn Griffiths there too. It’s been easier with them there.”
The striker said the football was a “massive jump” to what he experienced in the A-League.
“It is a step up for sure in technical ability,” he added.
“Even the defenders, the midfielders, all positions can play football. That’s what they’ve been taught from a young age.
“I’ve noticed when I got there they didn’t put too much pressure on me to get started really quick. They kind of eased me into the training sessions.
“So far the team’s doing pretty well, we’re sitting ninth at the moment, but I can see the team has more to offer.”
Juric said he is enjoying exploring the rest of Europe in his time off and after training. The striker is making the most of his new surroundings and has been taking trips visiting nearby German and Belgian cities.
“You’re never really bored, that’s probably the best part of it,” he said.
“It’s a cool kind of atmosphere. It’s different to Australia. I’ve been enjoying myself.”
Meanwhile, a win for the Socceroos over Jordan in Amman will see Australia maintain top spot in their World Cup qualifying group.
Juric said he continues to learn with every camp, particularly from national team veteran Tim Cahill.
“We all know Timmy’s a big part of the Socceroos and a big part of Australian football,” Juric said.
“Not many people have done what he’s done. For me it’s great to be here and learn from someone like that. So that hopefully I can cement that spot when he decides what’s best for him and when it’s done, I can kind of jump in and fill that spot as best I can.
“For me at the moment it’s about learning. When I get a run on the park I need to do my best.”