Socceroo Jade North is to undergo a one week trial with Swedish club Trelleborg as he looks to resurrect his chances of securing a place in Pim Verbeek’s squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Such has been the defender’s plight in the K-League with Incheon United, where he has struggled for first-team football and struggled to adapt to life in the Korea Republic, that he has opted to join a competition that doesn’t start up again until March.
The 28 year-old highlighted the increased tactical sophistication on offer in Europe as one of his reasons for travelling to Sweden.
“I like European football, it's very tactical, which you don’t have in Korea where it is all physicality and no tactics,” North told Swedish newspaper Trelleborgs Allehanda.
“Here it is possibly more similar to Australia. I came here as an experience so I can see what it gives me; at the moment I am just here to train.”
North will take part in a friendly match against Danish club Lyngby at the weekend and club director Lasse Larsson said Incheon were prepared to release the player despite the fact that he was still under contract in Korea, allowing them to free up their foreign quota.
For North, the ultimatum was issued by national team manager Verbeek, who told the defender that he needed to be playing football to even have a chance at making the World Cup squad.
He continued, "I have played in some of the World Cup qualifiers, but I was told by the coach that I have to be playing club football if I am to be considered for selection.
“To play I have to find a new club and I see Trelleborgs as an opportunity for a new start."
A key aspect of North’s move was the good word put in about the striker by a fellow Aussie playing his club football in Sweden; Ante Covic of Elfsborg, Larsson having spoken with the North’s former Newcastle Jets teammate.
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