Adelaide’s Absalonsen relishing challenges of “physically hard” A-League

Adelaide’s Absalonsen relishing challenges of “physically hard” A-League

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Johan Absalonsen claims he is already relishing the physical challenge of playing in the A-League.

After signing with Adelaide United in July, the Danish winger marked his debut in the Australian competition with the equalising goal as Marco Kurz’ side drew 1-1 with Wellington on Sunday.

Having spent the entirety of his career so far playing in his native country, Absalonsen says he still needs to adjust to the level of intensity required on an A-League pitch, but believes the Reds’ focus on attack will highlight his strengths.

“It’s hard, it’s physically hard,” he told the media.

“I’m also running more than I used to do, so that’s the biggest difference that I need to deal with…the running here, that’s different from what I’m used to.

“It’s more physical and it’s more powerful and it’s more attack and attack instead of maybe keeping the ball for longer periods.

“I like that style, it’s perfect for me but it’s also hard.”

Much had been reported surrounding new coach Kurz’ rigorous training program for United’s players in the lead up to 2017-18, however, Absalonsen believes that it will keep the squad at their peak level of fitness for the campaign.

“I’m feeling that this hard preseason, it pays off now,” he said.

“That we, me as a person and we as a team, are fit and we are really ready for this season.

“Yes, it has been a really rough preseason, but now we begin the [rewards] of it.”

Fellow new arrival Ersan Gulum was similarly praised for his performance against the Phoenix and Absalonsen says the determination he exhibits can be a source of motivation for the entire team.

“That’s really good for the team that you see other teammates are playing with passion and have this [eagerness] in their eyes and Ersan definitely has that,” he added.

“It’s just nice to be apart of.”

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