After injury ruined the first half of his debut A-League season, defender Tim Hoogland is keen to make his mark on the rest of Melbourne Victory's campaign.
Tim Hoogland is making up for lost time in the A-League.
The German defender saw the first half of his debut season at Melbourne Victory ravaged by quad injuries and minor knee surgery.
But after stringing three games together, Hoogland is hoping to repay the faith shown in him by his teammates and the Victory.
"It was a tough and difficult time. I always tried to get as soon as possible back on the pitch," he said.
"Now we just have seven or eight games ahead and finally I am back and hope to help the team and the club to climb the ladder."
Hoogland had enjoyed a relatively injury-free run before he joined the Victory but has made just five A-League appearances of a possible 19 this season.
He admitted it had been difficult seeing the team struggle - resulting in former coach Marco Kurz's sacking in January - from the sidelines.
"It was (also) difficult because (of) all the expectations the people from the club had in me. So, that was tough as well," Hoogland said.
"You just have five foreigners, I was injured almost all the time.
"So I believe, that everything would be different when I would be fit all the time.
"But that's how life works. That's the dark side of football - the injuries.
"And I'm really sorry for him (Kurz) that I was injured.
"But now I'm back on the pitch and want to help the team to get good results."
Victory's comeback win over Adelaide was a shot in the arm to their hopes of making the top six, bringing them within six points of the finals mix.
But Hoogland noted finals were a "long way" off and emphasised the need to beat table-toppers Sydney FC on Saturday.
While out to make an impact for the remainder of the A-League campaign, the 34-year-old was non-committal on his future beyond this season.
"My contract runs out (at season's end) and I'm really happy to be fit and help the team to reach some goals," Hoogland said.
"We will talk, we will discuss in the team and we will see what happens in May-June.
"I want to play the next seven games, first of all, that's my main target, and then we will see what happens."