Sarota: I'd have been 'crazy' to stay at Utrecht

Three-time Socceroo Adam Sarota says he would’ve been 'crazy' not to leave Utrecht during the January transfer window after being told he wasn’t in the club’s plans. 

Sarota, 27, joined Eerste Divisie promotion hopefuls Go Ahead Eagles on a six-month deal earlier this month.

The midfielder had failed to make an appearance for Utrecht this term after returning from a loan spell with Brisbane Roar.

Despite having 18 months remaining on his Utrecht deal, Sarota told FourFourTwo he simply had to leave after being informed he wouldn’t play.

“If I waited around and didn’t take this opportunity to go to Go Ahead then it could’ve got to a year without playing football,” Sarota said.

“A year without football is crazy for a footballer. Playing is why I’m here. It would’ve been ridiculous.”

Sarota insisted there were no hard feelings with Utrecht and he respected boss Erik ten Hag’s decision to overlook him.

The Cairns product’s future beyond his six-month contract is unclear, admitting he could be back in Australia next season.

He still resides in his Utrecht apartment and drives 45 minutes to training in nearby Deventer with his new club.

Sarota’s main goal for now is to help the fourth-placed Eagles earn promotion to the top flight, having been relegated from the Eredivisie last term.

“When I went there to trial I said my goal is to make promotion back to the Eredivisie,” he said.

“The feeling I got from the club is they want to be back in the Eredivisie as quick as possible.

“I’ve just signed until the end of the season and we’ll see what happens after that.

“Obviously if we get promoted things might be different. Anything can happen in football.”

Sarota added he had other options in the Netherlands in January but felt Go Ahead Eagles was the 'right fit' for him.

He has already started two games since making the move, but the club have a bye this weekend.