Rookie Wright targets Asian Cup debut

Fresh from his World Cup adventure, Australian defender Bailey Wright will be pushing hard to make his competitive debut for the national team in the upcoming Asian Cup.

Wright was a member of the 23-man Socceroos squad but failed to get any minutes on the park in Brazil.

The Preston North End centre back is targeting a better outcome when the Asian tournament kicks off in January.

“I would love to be a part of that, now I've had a taste of being part of the national team and part of a World Cup it just makes you want it more,” Wright said.

“The Asian Cup would be pretty special too, with it being on home soil.”

The 21-year-old is confident the Socceroos can win the tournament.

“I'm sure the team will be even better and stronger when the Asian Cup comes round," he said.

“We will continue to work on things we have been doing through camp and at the World Cup and continue to improve in all aspects, on and off the pitch.

“After good performances in Brazil we look to make them even better in Asian Cup and with better results.”

Wright enjoyed an impressive 2013-2014 season for Preston North End in England’s League One, before they were knocked out of the promotion play-offs.

And the young defender said he’ll return to club football having learned a lot from his first involvement with the Socceroos.

“Being a part of the World Cup was the greatest experience of my life so far,” he said.

“It didn't hit me actually how real it all was until the first game began.

“We have a great group of boys here, which allowed me to develop not just on the pitch but off the pitch also.

“Learning a new style of play has been enjoyable and something all the boys have valued.

“I think the expectation was for the Socceroos to get dominated, however, I believe we proved a lot of people wrong with our performances, even though results didn't go the way we wanted.”

However, the defender admitted it was disappointing not to feature at the tournament.

“As any footballer will tell you you’re always hungry to get out on the pitch” he said.

“Unfortunately for me I haven't yet had the opportunity to get out there, which can make you want it more I guess.

“Sometimes in football you have to be patient, keep those in the starting XI on their toes, and be ready because you never know when your chance may be.

“For me it's about continuing to get better and use what I've learnt from this experience to grow as a player and hopefully get myself into that starting line-up.

“Obviously I need to continue to work hard and continue to improve. It's important for me that I play regular and good football.

“Every game you play in you get judged and watched, so you can never afford to let your standards drop.

“My goal now is to play and get better, and be part of the Socceroos for many years to come."