Adelaide’s Rudan hoping to avoid wooden spoon

Mark Rudan is hoping he can help Adelaide United avoid the wooden spoon this season.

Mark Rudan is hoping he can help Adelaide United avoid the wooden spoon this season.

The former championship-winning captain with Sydney FC finds himself and his new club in a precarious position with just four rounds to go in the 2009/10 A-League season but is determined to pull the Reds out of the mire and up the ladder ahead of the Asian Champions League (which kicks off in late February).

"I think we're professional enough to go about our job in the right manner," said Rudan. "There are four games to go, we'll give it a good shake, try and stir up the top six.

"But in saying that our primary focus will be on the ACL, so we'll use those four games as preparation for the ACL.

"Will we take our foot off the pedal? No chance. We're too professional to even think about that, and there is no way we want to go into the ACL with bad form."