Melbourne Victory’s Marco Rojas intends to step up and support the players around him when the club’s Hyundai A-League season restarts on July 25.
Rojas and Victory are currently preparing to face Western United at Bankwest Stadium – the club’s first of five remaining fixtures.
“It does feel nice to have the games coming up soon again,” said Rojas. “It’s been a wee while in between them and that’s what we live for, to play in these games.”
With places in the starting eleven up for grabs, Rojas believes he can be an influential player on and off the ball.
“With experience comes a responsibility to perform and inspire those around you,” said Rojas.
“We have got quite a young squad at the moment, so we will have to step up and fill the boots.”
Since first signing for Victory in 2011, Rojas has made 81 A-league appearances and has represented New Zealand on 41 occasions.
“Whoever comes in also has to step up and make sure they feel comfortable from the get-go,” said Rojas.
“They will know that we are behind them; supporting them and then they can produce their best performance.”
Victory returns to A-League action under the guidance of new interim Head Coach, Grant Brebner – who played alongside Rojas during the 2011/12 campaign.
“Every coach has a unique perspective on football and how they would like the game to be played,” said the New Zealander.
“He [Brebner] hasn’t imposed too much, just more of an emphasis on getting back to the Victory style of football.”
Since re-signing for the club in January, Rojas has made six appearances for Victory and scored twice – adding to his previous 29 goals for the club.
“We want to play an exciting style of football – we want to be direct and attacking and that has been the main focus for us. That has probably been missing throughout this season.”