Melbourne Victory defender Tim Hoogland is eagerly anticipating the restart of the Hyundai A-League, having overcome a quad injury that disrupted the early part of his season.
Victory is set to play Western United on July 16, before back-to-back games at Bankwest Stadium against Western Sydney and Brisbane Roar.
Following the announcement of the remaining fixtures, Hoogland is relieved by the return of competitive football.
“I’m fit and it is a really good feeling to see that the fixtures are out,” said the German. “A lot of unclarity is gone now and we’re happy to be playing in a couple of weeks.”
Due to a quad injury, Hoogland missed a number of games early into 2019/20 campaign but returned to fitness shortly before the postponement of the Hyundai A-League.
“I was fit before the pandemic and I played the last few games,” said Hoogland.
The 35-year-old has made six A-League appearances so far this season and featured in three of Victory’s last four matches.
“Injuries are the dark side of the game,” he said. “I did a lot of running and a lot of physical work in the break. I’m happy to playing again.”
Hoogland and his Victory teammates resumed training under a new Head Coach in June, following the departure of Carlos Salvachua who returned to Europe.
The versatile defender believes the squad has adapted well to Grant Brebner’s ideas and Hoogland is keen to play his part.
“Training has been really good so far and the things he [Brebner] wants are really clear,” said Hoogland.
Interim Head Coach, Grant Brebner has previously stated he intends to express attacking football for the five remaining fixtures.
“We are starting to develop the style of football he wants,” said Hoogland. “It is intense, but that is what Victory is known for and I am happy to play this kind of football because it suits me.”