Roar’s Donachie will let performance do the talking
Roar defender James Donachie is hoping a strong performance against the Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday will help him get back into Olyroos calculations.
Donachie missed selection in the Australian Under-23 team to take on Qatar in Doha tomorrow and Iran in Dubai on Monday, due to a leg injury.
The 22-year-old will play his first game of the A-League season in his return from injury against the Glory.
The Roar will be without captain Matt McKay, striker Jamie Maclaren and defender Corey Brown, who are all on international duty.
"I've got to keep doing what I've been doing here. I need to play here to go away there," Donachie said when asked about his Olyroos ambitions.
"So if I keep training and working hard here, eventually it'll come."
Donachie said he was delighted to make his return to top-flight Australian football.
"It's always a long time when you're sitting there watching," he said. "I trained last week and this week, and I'm buzzing to be out there again."
The Roar is sitting in second spot on the A-League and its defensive unit has functioned well, keeping clean sheets in its past two games.
Competition for places all over the park is strong.
"It's good to see. It's been a while. To have two clean sheets in a row is big for us and hopefully we can keep it that way," Donachie said.
"There's always a competition for places. And I think that's been proven with our start to the season where we've had two players per position that have fought for that position each week."
Donachie refused to underestimate the Glory, despite them sitting ninth with just one win this season.
"It's always a good game (against Perth). We look at the A-League and every season the top six changes," he said.
"There's never a game that's going to be easy. They could come out and have the game of their lives, so that's how we prepare."
Despite John Aloisi being the Roar's third coach in two seasons, Donachie said the Socceroos great had strengthened team morale.
"We're lucky we've got a good group. I've heard in other camps sometimes it doesn't go that way," Donachie said.
"But we've got a good group that will deal with it and look to improve themselves before they start to put other people down.
"We've got a good situation."