After four largely frustrating years in the Netherlands, Adam Sarota says his loan back to Brisbane is all about showing what he can do on a regular basis.
Brisbane Roar loan signing Adam Sarota wants to show the A-League he’s ready to make the grade as a first-team footballer.
After four years and just 48 matches at Dutch Eredivisie club FC Utrecht, Sarota has returned to the Roar in a bid to stop his career frittering away.
The 25-year-old made 15 A-League appearances for the Roar before heading to the Netherlands with Tommy Oar and Michael Zullo in 2010, and he knows he can no longer rely on youth as an excuse for not playing.
“At this age in a footballer’s career, you want to be playing,” Sarota told reporters on Tuesday.
“At my old club I wasn’t really playing so much. As a footballer you always want to play and I was in Holland to play football and I wasn’t playing football.
“Brisbane seemed like a good choice.”
The Cairns product only arrived in the country last week but is hoping to get some game time with his new team-mates in a pre-season friendly in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Sarota hasn’t given up hope of using his time in the A-League to convince Utrecht or another European club to give him another go.
Nor is the midfielder giving up hope of adding to his three Socceroos caps.
His first challenge, though, is proving he deserves a spot in the A-League champions’ midfield, a task he freely admits is far from a sure thing.
“I’m not coming here and expecting to play straightaway, it’s like with everything, you have to prove yourself,” he said.
“Only then do you feel like you’ve actually done something.
“I like to think I’ve got better (as a player), I guess you’ll just have to wait and see when I’m on the pitch.”