Brisbane Roar ace Adam Taggart may seem like an outside chance of making the Asian Cup but that doesn’t mean the 2014 World Cup striker is giving up on his Socceroos ambitions.
Taggart’s start to the 2018-19 A-League season has seen the 25-year-old net three goals in four games putting him second on the top goal scorers list.
The seven-capped Socceroo would admit that his goal scoring return could have been much higher if he buried a few more of the chances that came his way in the opening rounds.
Even so, Taggart is confident that Roar coach John Aloisi can do for him what he did for Jamie Maclaren and get him into national team calculations.
“With John Aloisi being a striker himself he has a history of producing young forwards,” he said speaking to FTBL.
“The professionalism and the detail he goes into is something that I’m learning off every day just tweaking and tightening my game in areas that I need to.
“Obviously I’d like to be part of the Socceroos but you need to be playing well for your football club week in week out.
“Not just small periods, and for a few games here and there, you need to be consistent. That’s what I’m focused on to be honest then other rewards will follow if I can do that.”
Having scored 69 goals in 96 A-League games Taggart's goal scoring ability is not in doubt, but due to a spate of niggling injuries many have questioned his ability to play every week.
And while the striker doesn’t view this season as make or break, he did admit that he is in the best condition of his career thanks to the efforts of the Brisbane Roar coaching staff.
“To me it’s a big year every year,” he said.
“I’ve never gone into a season thinking I can relax or I can take a step back and I believe I will have a good season.
“We have got a great fitness coach here and I feel like I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.
“I’m feeling good and that has got me on the right path to where I want to be going in my football career.
“I haven’t felt I’ve reached the level that I want to in the last four years since I was with Newcastle and it’s been playing on my mind a lot.
“But to be in such a good environment it just sets you up to have a successful year. “