SOCCEROOS bolter Andrew Nabbout admitted that he won’t be scared to fire long-range strikes at international level, vowing to stay true to the style that got him picked.
Nabbout believes the move to Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds can propel his game, after his stunning A-League form was rewarded just as he was sold by Newcastle Jets.
The Melbourne Victory outcast admitted it was an emotional time, with the Socceroos call-up and transfer coming just years after his career was on the brink.
“Rollercoaster. It’s been big, really good for my career, lot of hard work, lot of resilience to get here. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and football over the last six months,’’ Nabbout said.
“It’s important playing for your country, it’s no small deal. Playing in the A-League got me here so I don’t think they are going to change me.
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“Structures will change a little bit with the new coach but I will have the same style as it’s worked for me.
“If I get a chance I’m going to try my best to hit the target (from distance). It tends to make defences drop a bit so it’ll be good for us if I pop one from distance and it gives the (number) 10s more space to work in.”
Nabbout is yet to debut for Urawa, but was exposed to the intensity in his first taste of training last week.
“It’s a lot more intense. The way the players run, their movement it’s very high,’’ he said.
“I didn’t play the other day and did (90 minutes) of one v ones with one of their 18-year-olds who is an animal runner so I’m going to be very fit at the end of this season.
“I backed myself (moving to Japan) but I knew the decision would be more of a challenge. They recruited me because of how I play in the A-League.
“I bring a different style. There are not many players out there that can hustle and bustle and I can bring that there and it was a no-brainer as it is arguably the biggest club in Asia and you don’t turn those opportunities down.”