Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic admits his move to South Australia has turned his career around.
The 28-year old left the Melbourne Victory in October 2007 after losing his place in the first team to Michael Theoklitos and has since been one of the best performed players in the A-League. He helped the Reds to runners-up in both the domestic competition and the Asian Champions League in recent seasons and said his game improved even further playing against Asia’s best.
''It wasn't a hard decision to leave Victory as I wanted first-team football. It gave me the chance to play a lot of big games in the Asian Champions League [where Adelaide reached the final in 2008] and that has helped me prepare for international games,'' he says.
''I think I really improved when I got to Adelaide. Goalkeepers get better as they get older and hit their peaks at late 20s and early 30s, and I think in the last couple of years I have been reaching it, and maybe eventually I can play in Europe where I had ambitions a few years back.''
Currently in Dubai preparing for an Asian Cup qualifier for the Socceroos against Kuwait on Thursday morning, Galekovic said he wasn’t thinking too much about his chances to go to Germany for the World Cup later this season and was hoping to perform well for Australia against Kuwait this week.
''In terms of Germany, yes, it's a possibility, but at the moment it is all speculation,'' he says. ''I am not taking it too seriously. I am really concentrating on the Australian game, but if something does come along, I am more than happy to look at it.''