Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has told Crystal Palace supporters he was “overwhelmed” when the final whistle blew in the Asian Cup.
The Socceroos lifted their first piece of significant silverware in the 2-1 extra time defeat of Korea Republic and Jedinak said he hoped the win would grow the game locally.
Jedinak, who has yet to return to the pitch since the triumph, used his Captain’s comments column on the Eagles' official website to reflect on the historic achievement.
“Just participating in the Asian Cup in my home country was a brilliant experience, but to win it makes it even more special," he wrote.
“Being at home and seeing how much everyone got behind not only us, but the whole tournament in itself, was really something special.
“When the final whistle blew after 120 exhausting minutes in the final against South Korea I was overwhelmed about what we had achieved.
“I'm trying to compare it to the play-off final and finding a lot of similarities in how I felt - it was something really special.
“It's got to be right up there in all the things I've achieved in my career and to be a part of history achieving something for our country is really amazing.
“With it being on home soil, in Sydney, in front of a lot of our family and friends, it goes right to the top of that list.
“Hopefully we can use this success to take interest in football up to the next level in Australia where it needs to be and where it deserves to go. Hopefully we can use it as a springboard to help us grow the game over there.”
The Palace skipper admitted an ankle injury picked up in the Socceroos first group game was still a “slight issue” but said it was back to business in London.
On the fitness front he added: “After playing so many games in a short space of time I feel OK, there's a slight bit of fatigue so I'm just managing that and seeing when I'll be re-introduced to the squad.”
It was a tumultuous period for Palace during the Aussie's absence with manager Neil Warnock replaced by ex-Newcastle coach Alan Pardew.
The shake-up added extra spice to the Eagle's clash with Newcastle on Wednesday, which finished in a 1-1 draw.
Jedinak wrote: “I've spoken to (Pardew) a couple of times and we exchanged text messages and well wishes throughout the Asian Cup, but I'm looking forward to getting back down to business in Beckenham and working with him.”comments