Aston Villa forward Emily Gielnik has admitted that she is relishing the opportunity to get some bonus minutes under her belt with Australia during the current international window.
The 30-year-old is yet to start for her country so far in 2022 but she is one of the more experienced members of head coach Tony Gustavsson’s latest squad with the Australian boss having opted to rest many of his top stars following a hectic domestic season.
Australia face Spain in Huelva on Saturday evening with Gielnik hoping for a rare start. When speaking to Football Australia Media, the forward admitted that she is relishing the opportunity to impress.
“I see this as a big opportunity, not just for me but for those players coming in too,” Gielnik said.
“One door shuts and another one opens, I am just using this as an opportunity to represent the green and gold. For me, it is more possible that I will be getting some more game time so I am just relishing that opportunity. I want to prove to Tony that I deserve to be here and I am just really looking forward to it. It is very different circumstances and I am feeling good about this one.”
Gielnik went on to say that she has not let the lack of game time get her down and that she has supported the team, often from the sidelines.
She said “It’s not frustration, it’s individual disappointment, sometimes you think you deserve a little bit more but at the end of the day, those things are out of your control.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big team player. I support everyone who does play ahead of me and when I get my chance, I try and take it. There will be some opportunity in this camp so I am going to do exactly that.
“It is more so disappointment in the past but I am trying not to reflect on that, I am focusing beyond that. The big picture for me is getting myself in that World Cup squad and not just being there, I want to be playing.”
Australia’s international friendly against Spain kicks-off at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.