While not a member of the Sky Blues’ squad anymore, a man always up for the Sydney Derby, Matt Jurman, has echoed the sentiments of Head Coach Graham Arnold, calling for the Sky Blues to win at all costs in tomorrow’s massive clash.
The Sydney FC 2015/16 Player of the Year, and current Socceroo, said he still follows the Sky Blues from Korea and reflected fondly on his time with the A-League Champions in aiding in getting him to where he is in his career today.
“I would say just to go out there and give everything you got [in tomorrow’s Sydney Derby],” he said.
“It’s a lot bigger than just a game, its bragging rights for you and the fans until the next Derby.
“Once you get out on Allianz stadium and see the crowd it’s all just about winning and nothing else at all costs.
“Sydney FC along with Arnie, the coaching staff and my team mates all helped me along the way,” he continued.
“Being in the environment every day and training with top players every day helped me, they’re all great blokes I miss all the boys and I always wish them well.
“I’ll never forget when I first started Brosquey would pick me up from training and drop me off every day, I've always looked up to him like an older brother and I couldn't be happier for him and the team to win some more trophies like last year.
“I still follow the Sky Blues from Korea and try watch as many games as I can if I can find a stream.”
Joining Suwon Samsung Bluewings in January 2017, Jurman said he’s enjoying his time in Korea, while also expressing his joy at his Socceroos selection and debut on home soil at ANZ Stadium recently against Syria.
“My experiences in Korea have been good, I've seen a new culture, training is always tough and can be 2 hour sessions almost every day,” he said.
“The games are end to end so the concentration levels are very high but it’s been good.
“The transition was a lot different to what I'm used to in Sydney but it’s about adapting and being strong mentally. The first few months was about seeing the type of football they play and trying to firstly learn every ones name then learn their style of play.
“Being selected for the Socceroos was really a dream come true, something I have worked for and dreamt of since being a young boy. It was always a goal of mine and to achieve it meant a hell of a lot to me.
“To represent our country at 20's and 23's level was special but for the senior team it’s a much different feeling. I loved putting the jersey on and I hope I can represent my country more in the future,” he continued.
“Representing my country in Sydney in front of family and friends was something very special, especially after all the support they have given me over the years.
“I've had some good memories at ANZ Stadium, the last time I’d played there we thrashed the Wanderers four nil in the first game of the season.”
Sydney FC contest the first Sydney Derby of the 2017/18 season at Allianz Stadium on Saturday (kick off 7:50pm AEDT). Catch the match live on Fox Sports or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for updates.
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