Under the watching eye of Holger Osieck while in Socceroos camp and in the absence of his rival glovemen, Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is aiming to impress
|By RYAN McGEE
Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is hoping to take full advantage of his time in camp for the Socceroos.
Although Mark Schwarzer is Australia's established No.1, the place as the Fulham veteran's understudy remains up for grabs.
Reading's Adam Federici continues to battle an ankle injury, while Mitch Langerak [Borussia Dortmund] and Brad Jones [Liverpool] struggle to get time on the pitch at their respective clubs.
Galekovic is the only shot-stopper in camp for an 11-strong Australia-based Socceroos squad, and the 31-year-old sees it as the ideal opportunity to secure a more consistent role on the international stage.
"There are a lot of good goalkeepers around and with those boys performing you take your best chance to show what you have and I'm in that position now, so I'll be doing my best," Galekovic told Football Federation Australia's website.
"Goalkeeper is one of the strongest points in the Socceroos. In the past, there has been Bozza [Mark Bosnich], [Zeljko] Kalac and now Schwarzer. And even now there are a lot of good young 'keepers in the likes of Langerak and [Central Coast' Mat] Ryan. The only thing I can do now is show what I can do.
"There is always pressure in these camps. You're coming into a new environment with new players all the time so you want to show what you have got and these is always pressure when you're representing your country, but I believe I'm ready for it."
With the quality of goalkeepers in the A-League high and seemingly only improving, Melbourne-born Galekovic believes more players based in Australia will be included in the international fold.
"As the A-League has gone on there have been a few more boys getting picked who are playing here. If this league keeps improving I don't see why there wouldn't be a better chance for more A-League boys to be picked," he said.