Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat believes Jason Geria has made a “solid” decision to remain at the club.
Victory announced Geria’s re-signing for a further three seasons on Wednesday, essentially ending speculation the 23-year-old could move overseas.
Geria was linked with transfers to Belgium and Germany.
But once-capped Socceroo Geria will remain at Victory until at least the 2019-20 season, and Muscat says the move will help Geria become the best Australian right-back.
“Young players in this country … people are guilty of building individuals up and touting them for national team selection,” Muscat said.
“I think he’s made a good, solid decision that he wants to be the best player in his position in this country, in this competition.
“Once he does get to that, he won’t be asking to get into the national team … he’ll be selected.
“He’s got to get that form on a consistent basis. He started the season okay and he’s in a good place at the moment.
“I’d like to think that some of the reasons that Jason wants to remain here is because he thinks he’s in a good environment.
“I’ve spoken to him – he believes he’s got a lot of improvement in him and he believes he’s in an environment where we can help him achieve that.
“At the same time, we’ve made in quite clear to him we wanted him to remain at the club.
“I think we’re quite fortunate he’s decided to commit his future to the football club.”