Bosnich wants to be a Socceroo again
Human tabloid headline Mark Bosnich admitted he still harboured ambitions of returning to the Socceroos after beginning his trial with the Central Coast Mariners.
Bosnich arrived in Sydney on Thursday morning direct from London and immediately set about charming the Mariners and the media as he embarked on a two-week stint at Bluetongue Stadium, home of last season's A-League runners up.
Looking only slightly overweight but otherwise in fine health, 36-year-old Bosnich was a vocal presence in goal during his first session, hinting at the expertise he can offer at the tail-end of a career that took him to Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea.
It is clear the Socceroos remain in the back of Bosnich's mind after he made only a selective 17 appearances for the national team during his younger days.
"I would never rule it out," he told reporters after training.
"What I learnt (in the past) is that you never shut the door on your nation, I learnt that.
"I just want to get back to work."
But first Bosnich must convince CCM manager Lawrie McKinna that he is worth taking on as the short-term replacement for suspended first choice `keeper Danny Vukovic.
"The session was great, the facilities are great, the weather is great," Bosnich said.
"My fitness is quite good - what I need to improve on is some coordination with the ball.
"But that will come, we've got a month to go before the start of the season."
Following a five-year period in which he lurched around like a lost soul following his drug-related sacking from Chelsea, Bosnich was coaxed back into training last year by his former Blues teammate Ed De Goey, the goalkeeping coach at Queens Park Rangers.
Now his stint at QPR is over, Bosnich has two weeks on trial to prove he is capable of filling the gloves of Vukovic.
"Sometimes you don't miss something until it's gone," Bosnich said.
"I was fortunate enough to have that seven months with QPR last year which got me back into the swing of things.
"It's just nice to be back part of a dressing room and back in Australia. I've got no targets or expectations but I have that hunger back.
"But it's not my decision, it's the manager's ... I think I'm ready for it and I'm looking forward to this trial period."
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