Riley McGree has been touted has one of the next big things in Australian football and is enjoying having a light-hearted approach to his media commitments.
McGree has played 11 games for Melbourne City this season, scoring three goals and helped his team to victory over Newcastle Jets this evening.
While the midfielder continues to develop, the interest will grow, and the youngster is handling it well.
In the past month, McGree has jokingly walked past reporters at AAMI Park post-match pulling the pretend phone call trick.
But the young gun says he’s fine with the attention, adding he loves joking around with his commitments.
“Media commitments comes with the job, you have to do it,” McGree told FTBL. “I joke around acting like I’m on the phone, but I’m happy to do interviews any time.”
Riley McGree doing his best to dodge the hounds pic.twitter.com/HJM1AsNQwj— Clement Tito (@ClementGTito) December 22, 2018
The youngster turned 20 in November and has already played at two other A-League clubs as he’s currently on loan from Belgian outfit Club Brugge.
He was given the responsibility from the spot tonight as he tucked away a penalty in the 27th minute.
The midfielder still believes he can improve his game and become more consistent.
“I think I’m looking sharp, I’m working to the way I want to play and I’m a bit inconsistent here and there, so I need to tighten that up and work out what works for me and what doesn’t,” McGree said.
“I’m a young player still, but I just want to improve my game.
“I try not to have any bad games, I just tried to get better. I’m continually working on what I need to do and grow as a player.
“We created chances against 10-men and it’s not as easy. They had a few chances, but we defended well, and we could’ve been a bit tighter defensively and put away a few more chances, but it is what it is and we’re just happy to win.”
The Socceroos are set to meet Jordan tonight for their first game of the 2019 Asian Cup and national team camps aren’t unfamiliar to McGree.
He has spent time in camps under former manager Ange Postecoglou but has not made an appearance yet in the green and gold.
McGree’s message was simple – good things come to those who earn it.
“It’s everyone’s goal, you want to play for your country, so it’s definitely on my long-term goals and I just need to play every week and I wish them the best for tonight,” he said.