It may be listed as a friendly match, but Melbourne City’s Scott Jamieson only has intentions of winning tomorrow night’s clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.
The left-back, who formerly played for the Wanderers, hoped his new side could impress those in attendance at Shepparton’s McEwen Reserve for the A-League friendly.
‘‘We are continuing to build up to the season and when you come up against A-League teams you always to impose yourself,’’ Jamieson said.
‘‘It will good experience playing against my old club and at a brand new facility, which I believe, looks really impressive.’’
Jamieson, 28, signed for City this off-season after spending a year in Sweden and despite never having been to Shepparton, he has heard plenty of good things about it.
‘‘I have never been, but the club has been there twice when they played the All Stars and Wellington,’’ Jamieson said.
‘‘I do know though that Shepp is a good country town, the community loves football and we are looking forward to getting there and building good relationships.
‘‘We want Shepparton to jump on board and feel apart of City and I feel it is imperative for major clubs to come out and visit communities and give back to grassroots football.’’
Based in Port Melbourne, Jamieson is just starting to adapt to life in the big smoke and like every other footballer, his goal is to win a championship.
‘‘We are starting to build a really good squad, we have got some really good players and a great manager on board in Warren (Joyce),’’ Jamieson said.
‘‘He is a real people person, he is approachable and having worked at Man United, he has the pedigree to hopefully take this team forward.
‘‘Progress has been made since he arrived, but we still are a fair way off where we want to be and that is the best.’’
Jamieson, who has featured four times for the Socceroos, returned to the A-League after a season with IFK Goteborg and before the move to Europe, he never envisaged living in Sweden.
‘‘If you ever asked me a few years ago whether I’d be playing in Sweden, I would never have thought so in the wildest dreams,’’ Jamieson said.
‘‘It was a really good experience, a good competition, a big club and I learned fair about myself and I believe I am a better footballer for it.’’
However, his stay was short-lived and once City came calling the aerobic beast thought it was the right time to return home.
‘‘It was a mixture of things that brought me back, I’m 28 now and I’m reaching the latter part of my playing days,’’ Jamieson said.
City will be the fifth A-League club Jamieson dons the jersey for and he believed an impressive campaign for his new side could put him back into Socceroos contention.
‘‘You never say never to playing for the national team, but an A-League title is at the forefront of my mind,’’ Jamieson said.
‘‘I haven’t been in the current regime for a while now, but a good season for the club and myself may put me back in contention, and that starts (tomorrow) with a strong match against the Wanderers.
‘‘Hopefully everyone can get down and watch a good game of football because I know that we are looking forward to playing in Shepparton.’’