Mark Viduka has talked today about the massive local derby game on Sunday, and extending his international career.
Mark Viduka – in-form striker can’t have it all
The the in-form Australian striker revealed today:
â€œI am just starting to get a good taste of what it is like to play for Newcastle United, which is a massive club with big potential.â€
â€œI would love to be in Kevin Keeganâ€™s starting line-up every week and thatâ€™s what I am working towards.â€
It was Markâ€™s return to the Newcastle team at Birmingham City a month ago after another injury, which has coincided with the teamâ€™s recent revival, in which they have 5 games unbeaten and collected 11 points to pull away from the relegation zone.
â€œI came back into the Newcastle side for our game at Sunderland in November and the atmosphere reminded me of an Old Firm game.â€
â€œBut I am expecting it to be even bigger on Sunday, which is really a massive game for both teams.â€ â€œThere will be so much emotion and passion and thatâ€™s what everybody wants to be a part of.â€
â€œI can remember scoring both home and away against Sunderland in my first season for Leeds United, but I canâ€™t remember scoring against them since then, and thatâ€™s something I will be looking to put right.â€
Viduka has said he will put Newcastle before Australia but Mark still is looking forward to South Africa and the World Cup finals in 2010. Mark is not surprisingly highly rated by Australiaâ€™s Dutch coach Pim Verbeek, and Pim even made a trip to Newcastle last week for talks with the player.
Viduka talked about the World Cup and playing for Australia:
â€œI would love to be involved in the World Cup, but it depends on myself physically.â€ â€œI want to get myself to a high level of fitness.â€
â€œI love playing for Australia, and Iâ€™m very proud of representing my country, but itâ€™s very demanding having to go such a long way.â€
â€œI think the best thing is to try to get the best out of myself physically and mentally.â€
Thatâ€™s really what Mark has to concentrate on at Newcastle, being much fitter and available than heâ€™s been this season. Thereâ€™s just no doubt at all that Mark is a very good players and needs to start as many games for Newcastle as he can. But that will not be helped by him traveling long distances to play for Australia.
At 32, it gets more difficult to have your cake and eat it, and we think Mark will need to take a closer look at his international career next season, when Newcastle are likely to be flying high.