Socceroo left-back Jason Davidson is hoping to carve out a piece of history with Huddersfield Town by becoming the club’s first serving player to feature in the World Cup finals in more than 50 years.
Davidson, who is currently in Australia awaiting the birth of his first child, signed a three-year deal with the Championship outfit after being released by West Brom in May.
The Terriers were last represented at the global showpiece in 1962 by Ray Wilson – who went on win the tournament with England four years later, by which time he was playing with Everton.
There's no @jasondavidson29 in the squad tonight; he's in Australia this week ahead of the birth of his first child (DTS)
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) July 21, 2015
The 24-year-old, who played in each of Australia’s 2014 World Cup group games, said he had a “good relationship” with Socceroos coach, Ange Postecoglou.
He told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner: “While I didn’t get a lot of game time with West Brom last season, I was a regular in the Australian squad.
“I want that to stay the case, and playing well for Huddersfield will help me make that happen.”
Davidson admitted his best chance of making Russia 2018 was cementing his place in the first XI at the West Yorkshire club.
As for the Socceroos, he added: “We desperately want to make the World Cup finals, and I think we have a good crop of players coming through.
“It will take us a bit of time to find our feet, but winning the Asian Cup earlier this year was a big boost for us.”
Last month Huddersfield boss Chris Powell said the Australian had been on the club’s radar for a year-and-a-half.
"Recruiting a top-quality left-back was a key priority in this transfer window and we believe we have achieved this in signing Jason,” Powell said.
The Terriers suffered a disappointing pre-season defeat on Tuesday, losing 3-1 away to National League side Grimsby Town.comments