Troisi On Fellow Aussie Viduka – Shearer Down Under

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 – 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.

James added:

“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.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Steve

    Jul 24, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Reminiscent of a young Harry Kewell is how the Australian coaching staff have described him. Australia’s biggest newspaper today published an article which suggests he is being groomed for the 2010 world cup, and will become an important player for the qualifying campaign. He’s expected to be part of the squad to play Argentina in Melbourne on September 11…

  • Andy T

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve heard lots of good things about this guy from people who have watched him in a few reserve matches and I hope he can live up to his potential. I have to say It’s nice to see players starting to come through the youth ranks. Chopra maybe didn’t quite cut it in the premiership – we’ll see how he does for the mackems this year, Shola could still come good, Taylor is fantastic and Huntingdon looks like he can become a good player – the fact that all four of those are local is good (too used to us having to buy those guys back from other teams – look at Shearer, Carrick etc). The fact that we’ve also bought well into the youth setup is also encouraging.

  • michael

    Jul 24, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Look at Man Utd and Liverpool. They’ve always grown their own or poached at a young age.
    Man Utd: Beckham, Scholes, Butt, the Nevilles, Giggs, Best, Fletcher
    Liverpool: Carragher, Gerrard, Fowler, Owen, McManaman

    It certainly seems to be the way of sustaining yourself at the top. Otherwise you have to spend 30 million every summer to become competetive (Chelsea, Leeds, Spurs). And this can’t be sustainable.
    At last the academy investment seems to be starting to reap some reward. Let’s hope two or three are good enough to actually force there way into the first team like Rooney, Owen or Giggs did.

  • michael

    Jul 24, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    P.S. see if you can spot the odd one out in the names above.


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