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  • Writer's pictureBlayne Treadgold

"I'm ready to go": Joe Gauci

Young Australian goalkeeper Joe Gauci says he's ready to go if called upon by Graham Arnold for the Socceroos' Asian Cup opener against India on Saturday night.

Following an impressive run of form for Adelaide United, the 23-year old will be hoping he has done enough to convince Socceroos' boss Graham Arnold that he is the man for the job between the sticks. In their final preparation match against Bahrain at the weekend, Gauci was thrust into the number one spot as incumbent keeper and captain Mat Ryan continues his recovery from a facial injury suffered while playing for his club side AZ Alkmaar. Despite the keeper having little work to do, Gauci said he was pleased to notch up his second cap for the national team and walk away with a clean sheet. "There's two side of the coin for me of why I'm here, I'm here firstly because of the performances I've put in for Adelaide," Gauci said. "I'm here for a reason, I've been picked for a reason (but) I'm also here to learn and develop." he said. "I haven't had anything promised to me.... If the opportunity is presented to me, I'm 100% ready to go and do a job for Australia," he said. The Socceroos arrived at their luxury accomodation in Doha yesterday to plenty of local fanfare.

The Socceroos will be looking to continue a golden period for Australia's national teams which involved them finishing in 11th in the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup and the Matildas' fourth place finish at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Australia will kick off their Asian Cup campaign against Asian football minnows India on Saturday night, followed by group-stage fixtures against Syria and Uzbekistan. PHOTO: Socceroos

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