Socceroo James Troisi says a move to Melbourne Victory helped turn around his career.
Melbourne Victory midfielder James Troisi says a move to Melbourne Victory helped turn around his career.
After an impressive season with Victory, where the 25-year-old scored 12 goals in his 29 A-League appearances, Troisi was named in Ange Postecoglou's 30-man preliminary FIFA World Cup squad.
Speaking to the media at the Socceroos training camp in Gosford, Troisi said the call from then Victory coach and now Socceroos boss, Postecoglou, came out of the blue.
"He gave me a call in Italy and told me to come back and I think it was the right decision," Troisi told media.
"The idea was just to get some regular football. I'm very happy with the way things went this season and I'm looking forward to training day in, day out and hopefully going to the World Cup.
"I know he likes me but I've still got to do what I have to do in this short period of time.? I know he was at pretty much every single (Melbourne Victory) game of ours so he know what I can do so I guess that's why I'm here and I just want to continue that form."
Troisi said he had enjoyed being at Victory and his role in the team had allowed him to show what he can do.
"People are saying I'm a striker, but I'm not. For me, I bring something a little bit different. I can play with the ball and play people in and run in behind and score goals, which is quite hard to find. That's why I think I'm in the (Socceroos) squad."