Melbourne Victory right-back Jason Geria is confident he can get back to the form which got him to the Socceroos and pays no attention to criticism directed at him on social media.
Geria has started in all 25 of his appearances this season, coming into the campaign after breaking into the Socceroos last year, making his first only senior appearance in a friendly against Greece.
Victory have enjoyed a successful season so far, finishing second on the table and are now awaiting their semi-final opponents.
But despite their strong position collectively, Geria came under-fire at times and says he stays off social media because he felt the criticism was no help.
“Honestly I don’t really care what people on the internet are saying,” Geria told FourFourTwo. “I think people use these avenues to make themselves feel important.
“I care about what’s happening in the club, what my teammates and coaches think and external noise doesn’t really faze me so that’s not on my mind at all.
“There may have been expectation before the season, but I just wanted to be better personally. I don’t really look into too much about what other people are saying, but I wanted to improve.
“It was a tough season but doesn’t always go the way you want it to in terms of performances, it’s about keeping the right mindset, working hard and things will go back to how you want them to be.”
Geria said he would be lying if he didn’t have the Socceroos on his mind but it was about remaining positive to regain a place in Ange Postecoglou’s team.
He didn’t get ahead of himself in March last year when he first got his call-up to qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan and remains patient his time will come again.
“There are people who have deserved to be in there over the course of the season, rightly so and when I do and warrant a call-up, I’ll get a call-up,” he said. “It’s about working to get to that point again and I’m confident I’ll get back there but it’ll take some time.
“It’s been up and down this year, going off the back of last year which was personally a pretty good year, but this year it probably wasn’t the same.
“That’s football can’t always have blistering seasons otherwise you’d be one of the best players in the world.”
Geria, who extended his Victory contract in January, ruled out any potential move overseas with a tongue-in-cheek comment.
“I was reading an article I was going overseas and I didn’t even know about it, I’m not kidding,” Geria joked.
“People will probably find out before I do…. No overseas interest, I’m contracted to Victory.”
For now, Geria is focused on winning his second title at Victory and maintains his team can beat anyone on their day.
“Naturally people will be tipping Sydney FC with what they’ve done this year and I guess that’s warranted,” he admitted.
“They’ve had a good year but not too worried about what people are saying, we’re just trying to focus on ourselves and give us the best chance of going all the way and winning the whole thing.”
Main Photo: Geria in action against table-topping Sky Blues on Australia Day. Ashley Perez Photography