Fresh from scoring his first ever goal for the Socceroos in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifying win over Vietnam, Sky Blue star Rhyan Grant has revealed his next move.
With strict quarantine rules in place for Australia for returning citizens and a short turnaround until the next international window, Grant has opted to remain overseas in Europe to continue training to remain as fit as possible for club and country ahead of Sydney FC's scheduled A-League start date at the end of October.
The 2020 Joe Marston Medal winner will train with Scottish club Hibernian FC's Strength and Conditioning Coach. Hibs currently top the Scottish Premiership and boast current Socceroo Martin Boyle amongst their ranks, allowing Grant to slot seamlessly into their sessions.
“I’m staying overseas between the international windows to avoid quarantine back home,” he said.
“I’ll keep ticking over and making sure I stay fit for October. I’ll make sure I keep training and stay fit and ready for when the A-League kicks off next month.
“I might be away for an extended period but obviously I’m in good hands here and feel like I’ll be ready to go come the start of the season.
“I’ve had a good month training with the boys [in Sydney] already so I think that will put me in good stead too.”
Reflecting on his maiden goal for the Green and Gold, it was poignant Grant should score with his head in the same vein as the previous Socceroo to wear the number 4 – Tim Cahill.
Grant reflected fondly on his first national team strike whilst stressing how vital the three points were in their second game of the group.
“The number 4 is obviously a pretty famous number for the Socceroos,” he said.
“When I first wore it I wasn’t too sure because of its significance, but it is pretty cool to wear it now.
“It feels great to get my first goal, I obviously don’t score too many so to get one is nice and especially for your country,” he continued.
“I was just excited when it went in, firstly because it gave us the lead which was important for us to get the 3 points, and secondly because, again I don’t score to many
“It was difficult conditions, but we knew it was going to be that way, so we had to make sure we got the three points regardless of the circumstances.”
Grant will remain overseas training ahead of the Socceroos October clashes against Oman and Japan before the A-League commences at the end of the month.