Emerging Melbourne Victory midfielder Jimmy Jeggo believes his unique past has helped his emergence as an A-League footballer, but is adamant his side's future can still include a finals appearance this campaign.
With just three regular-season matches remaining, Victory are eight points from the top six and few have given them any chance of qualifying.
The two-time A-League champions take on three clubs above them - Sydney FC, the Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory - before their season is likely to end, and would need three wins to be any chance of playing finals.
A disappointing 3-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets all-but confirmed Victory's fate, but Jeggo said his side will not give up on its 2011-12 campaign and is targeting a win over old rivals Sydney FC on Saturday.
"Everyone is disappointed as it wasn't the result we had hoped for on the weekend, but as far as we are concerned the season isn't over as yet," Jeggo said.
"Everyone has still got something to play for, so we are back [training on Tuesday] working hard and looking forward to the weekend.
"We have had two draws against [Sydney FC] this season, so it is a big chance to go out and get on top … Obviously, we always want to win those games and the players have a point to prove."
Jeggo's ascension to Victory's first team has been a different one. Born in Austria and having moved to Australia when aged 10, the 20-year-old had to be patient after graduating from the club's National Youth League side with a first senior contract in March 2011.
He made his A-League debut in November, but has been handed starts in Victory's last four matches under Jim Magilton.
Training in Austria up until the age of 10, Vienna-born Jeggo believes his earliest footballing education has helped him claim an opportunity for Victory.
"From the age of four or five I started there and at the age of seven or eight we were training four times a week and I was at a semi-professional club," he said.
"So I think it was a good grounding and I enjoyed it over there."
Jeggo is, however, indebted to Victory interim coach Magilton, and has backed the Northern Irishman for the job - no matter what the end result for the side this campaign.
"I am slowly feeling more comfortable every game and getting used to it," Jeggo said.
"[Magilton] gave me a chance and I am really grateful for that. He is making some positive changes, the training has been good and obviously."You can see he is trying to do something and given time it will work."