Andre Gumprecht accepts he's playing for his future after his late equaliser for Central Coast Mariners against Queensland Roar on Saturday.
The former Lecce midfielder, 34, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "That's correct. Obviously, I was working hard and long for this day. I've been fighting the German way. I proved in the past whenever I was under pressure I was able to deliver.
"This was [sic] a sign of quality. It's the way professional football works … sometimes the highs, sometimes the lows. I got hit with this nasty injury and for me it was a big setback. But I'm coming back now, so I'm very happy."
He added: "If you're a professional footballer, you have to be open for everything.
"I've been settled here in the coast, we're expecting a baby in a few weeks' time, I have my coaching academy here, so it's been great.