Ex-Leeds midfielder Kilkenny keen to remain in Europe

Neil Kilkenny insists that he is determined to continue playing football in Europe.

Neil Kilkenny insists that he is determined to continue playing football in Europe.

The 25-year old is currently in Australia, preparing for next month’s friendlies with New Zealand and Serbia, after his contract with English Championship club Leeds United ended.

There have been a few rumours floating around that Kilkenny may be pondering an A-League move but the former Birmingham City man has made it clear that he will return to the UK once his Socceroos duties are complete.

“I'm concentrating on European football," he said. "I want to play at the highest level and that's in Europe.

"There's been a lot of talk about my future for the last six or seven months. I'm just trying to focus on my football and my chances for Australia. When I get back to England I'll sort out my future then.

"I'm here to play for Australia and I want to concentrate on that as much as possible."

Kilkenny admitted that he fell out of favour under former Australia boss Pim Verbeek but is now looking to get the chance to show what he is capable of international level.

“Unfortunately certain circumstances were at the head of that but there's new management and hopefully I'll get a little run in the team," he added.

"(Osieck is) very good. He picks players on merit and now all the players know what they have to do - perform for our clubs, or when we come away with the Socceroos we'll find that we're not in the squad.
"When I meet up with the squad I'll have to impress as much as possible to try and get a bit of game time."

 
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