Ryan Williams says he decided to join Portsmouth to help further press his claims for a regular Socceroo berth.
Williams left Rotherham United in the off-season to join League One rivals Pompey. The winger earned his first senior cap for Australia last month in the 1-0 friendly loss to South Korea.
That experience in the green and gold has whetted his appetite for more, and the 25-year-old says while signing at Fratton Park, he had one eye on continuing to impress Socceroos boss Graham Arnold.
"Korea was awesome, I really, really enjoyed it. I wanted to do it for so long and managed to do it, especially with my brother there and some mates I grew up with like Brandon O’Neill and Adam Taggart," he told FTBL.
"It’s got me wanting more, so that’s kind of lead me to Portsmouth really because I think to be in contention to be picked I need to be playing every week and playing well.
"That’s why I came here. I worked so hard to get to that position and to maybe go to the Championship as a non-starter and not get picked again. So I’m trying to give myself the best possible chance to get called up again.
"Portsmouth has a bit different style of play to Rotherham. They like to leave their two wingers and their striker up, so hopefully this season I can get on the scoresheet a lot more and I can be up the top end of the pitch a lot more than I was last season.
"It’s always tough to go up to the Championship with such a small budget, so last season we were aways on the backfoot. I was defending a lot more than what I would have liked to but to help the team out and to try and maintain in that league, that’s what I had to do.
"I had no complaints. But this season I really needed to be somewhere I’m going to be up the top end of the pitch. It [rhe Socceroos] always seemed so far away. I felt like I had a good camp so hopefully I put a good impression in Arnie’s mind.
"If not, hopefully I can help him make a decision going forward."