Sarota eager to move on from ‘strange’ Roar spell

Fringe Socceroo Adam Sarota is determined to make the most of a fresh start at Utrecht and has no regrets about his “indifferent” Brisbane Roar loan spell.

Sarota, 26, returned to the Netherlands last weekend and was on hand as Utrecht commenced full pre-season training on Monday under new coach Erik ten Hag.

The arrival of ten Hag, who coached Bayern Munich’s reserves for the past two years, ushers in a new era at Utrecht following the exit of Rob Alflen.

Struggling for opportunities and seeking a change under Alflen last year, Sarota went out on loan to Brisbane – where he underwhelmed – but he believes he now has a fresh start.

“With a new head coach and assistant, everyone has the same chance and has to start from scratch,” Sarota told FourFourTwo.

“He’s told us as long as you train well, he’ll pick what he feels is the strongest team.”

Sarota, who has two years to run on his Utrecht contract, said he hoped for an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with ten Hag in the next week.

The Cairns product felt returning to his old apartment in a city and club he knows well will aid his bid to get his career back on track.

“Sometimes when you go to a new team, there’s a bit of a settling phase to the team but also the city and where you live,” he said.

“At least coming back here I came back to the same apartment, so I can fully concentrate on the football side of things. I’ve nothing but positive thoughts at the moment.”

He insisted he had no regrets about his decision to join Roar on loan.

“I needed something different and I thought Brisbane was the right choice,” Sarota said.

“It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride that year, but those things you can’t predict.

“It was a bit strange, but I love Brisbane and the club, so I don’t regret the decision on coming back.”

He added: “I got there and it was the last training session before the first game, a weird movement and I hurt my knee.

“I had to have that operation to clean that knee and I was out for four to five weeks.

"Then after that the [Mike] Mulvey situation happened and we got a new coach. It was a very turbulent season, but that happens in football.

“When I look back on it, it was a bit of an indifferent year but I don’t have any regrets. It is what it is.”