IN-FORM Brett Holman hopes his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar can wrap up fourth place and avoid the Eredivisie Europa League playoffs to give him a rest before Socceroos duty in June.
Holman, 27, put in a superb performance for AZ on the weekend in a 5-1 win over De Graafschap, scoring one goal and providing two wonderful assists.
The result firmed up AZ's grip on fourth spot in the Netherlands which wins the club a place in the 2011/2012 Europa League.
With one game to play in the Eredivisie season, AZ can not catch those above them, but will hope to remain fourth, as clubs finishing fifth to eighth enter into a playoff for a Europa League place.
AZ, who face ninth-placed Utrecht on the final day of the season, are currently three points clear of fifth-placed FC Groningen and Holman told the club's website he wants to avoid the playoffs to ensure he gets a break after a long season.
“In June I will play again with the Australian national team,” Holman said. “Recently I have had contact with the coach (Holger Osieck) and he would like all players there.
“If we finish fourth then I can rest before. That would be nice.”
It's likely AZ will claim fourth spot as Groningen face title challengers PSV Eindhoven on the final day of the season but Holman said they'd go for the win against Utrecht, who have Aussies Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota on their books.
“We will not look into the results of our competitors,” Holman said. “Next week against FC Utrecht we'll just go for the victory. It's good not to rely on other results.”
Holman added he felt a fourth-place finish for AZ would be a good result for the club who were Dutch champions two years ago.
"A fourth place finish would be ideal. If you look at all the players who left the club, you can tell fourth place is a splendid result. It would be fantastic,” he said.
Holman's recent form has contributed to AZ's run for fourth spot and the Aussie said boss Gertjan Verbeek's decision to give him a roaming attacking role on the left side was benefiting him.
"The position on the left is a good fit for me. I think it is good that the coach gives me freedom to roam across the field,” Holman said.
Holman scored AZ's second goal in the weekend's win with a goal similar to his famous World Cup strike against Serbia.
“For my goal I went inside and shot,” he said. “It felt easier to use my strong foot, that's what other people do.
"I'm not a right or left winger. I just fill those positions in my own way.”
The Socceroo also responded to criticism from some AZ fans about his inconsistent performances and occasionally poor body language.
"Have I inherited some of the criticism from the fans? No. Why? " Holman winked.
"Some days are better than the other days. It may seem like I'm angry with the others, but when I play bad, I know and I am so pissed off at myself. It really is not that I've lost my joy for football.
“Today the weather was good and the weather was fine. So no complaints."