I'M BACK: Bundaberg's Josh Brillante with Dylan and Phoebe Ashley at The Waves sports ground.
I'M BACK: Bundaberg's Josh Brillante with Dylan and Phoebe Ashley at The Waves sports ground. Shane Jones

Brillante happy at home

FOOTBALL: Bundaberg's Josh Brillante has given his biggest indication yet he wants to head overseas to play football again.

The Sydney FC midfielder returned to Bundaberg last week after winning the premiership and championship double with the side in the A-League last season.

The midfielder, in his best season, made 26 appearances and scored two goals for the Sky Blues.

But now he admits he wants to test himself overseas again despite struggling in Italy in 2015 and 2016.

"It's always there (the ambition to head overseas),” he said.

"I went over and came back, so there's definitely that thought of going back over and I wanted to go but it's a bit out of my control at the moment.

"My agent looks after that, so I'll just keep training and playing and see what happens.”

The sticking point at the moment for Brillante to head overseas is that he has a further two years to run on his Sydney FC deal.

But Brillante is happy where he is at the moment, especially with the squad the Sky Blues is building for next season.

"We've got a strong squad again, nearly the same as the season gone, so expect another great season,” he said.

"Backing up and doing the same thing again is our aim.”

While pleased to be back in Bundaberg, there is a part of Brillante that wanted to be in Russia with the Socceroos as well.

He said the goal was to now push for selection this season ahead of next year and the World Cup.

"After the season I had, I just waited to see what will happen,” he said.

"Unfortunately I didn't make it because there is a lot of strong players in the team.

"I'm just watching and supporting them now but I'm not going to stop working hard and getting into the next camp.”

The 24-year-old is now preparing for the next season but is glad to be giving back to Bundaberg after spending last Thursday with The Waves juniors.

"Every time I come back, I always come see the kids,” he said.

"It's always great to come back and join in.”

Brillante will return to training on July 3.



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