James Troisi, Newcastle’s 19 year-old Australian midfielder cannot wait to start playing with fellow countryman and Australian captain Mark Viduka.
Mark Viduka had an excellent Asia tournament in taking the Aussies to the last eight before their elimination on penalties against Japan this week.
Troisi says that Viduka is similar to Geordie legend Alan Shearer down under in Australia â€“ so let’s take a look at what James has been saying about his hero.
James Troisi in Action at Carlisle
James told the Newcastle official web-site today:
“Although the Australians aren’t as passionate about football as people in England, Viduka is kind of like Alan Shearer was in that the whole country looks up to him.”
“Mark is absolutely huge in Australia and I’m sure he’ll do what he is coming here to do which is to score goals.
“He did brilliantly at Boro last season and it’s a great signing.”
The Australia Under-23 star believes it will be helpful to him to have another countryman in the Newcastle squad after Craig Moore left the club this summer.
“It was fantastic news when I heard he’d signed and It will be great to have another Aussie here and I’m sure it will be a help for myself.“
“I’ve met him before and he’s a great guy and I can’t wait to play and train alongside him.”
Viduka is set to join up with the Newcastle squad later this week. Troisi made his senior United debut during last week’s 3-1 win at Hartlepool and wants more first-team action in the coming season.
He went on:
“It was good to get a run out playing with the older boys and I thought I did quite well.“
“I’ve managed to set up two goals for Shola and Michael and it was fantastic to hear Michael praising me after the game.
“I sat on the bench a few times last season but I want to try and get in the first-team this year and I believe in my own ability.”
James Troisi (born July 3, 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia) turned 19 this month and plays in a midfield role or as a support striker. He signed his first professional contract with Newcastle on 10 January 2007 keeping him at the club until June 2008.
James has been on the bench for the first team in both Premier League and UEFA Cup matches and after a successful season with the Newcastle reserve side, Troisi made his debut for the Australian U-23 team, the ‘Olyroos’, on 18th April 2007 against Saudi Arabia in an Olympic qualifier. He followed that good performance against the Saudis with a goal in the all-important clash with Iran in his hometown of Adelaide.
As we know there is lots of competition at Newcastle with several good youngsters coming through. The standard will only improve in the future and it will be important for James to make a break-through this coming season before his current contract comes to an end next summer. We wish him the very best at the club for the coming season.