It’s self-promotion season in world football. Fringe Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren is growing in confidence since joining Scottish Premier League club Hibernian FC and urging Bert van Marwijk to trust in his ability leading into the World Cup.
Maclaren scored his debut Hibs goal against Rangers at Ibrox, grabbing the ball after a penalty was awarded to propel himself off the mark.
“I love the big occasions and when the penalty was awarded, I just ran straight to the ball. I just put my laces through it. It’s a feeling you can’t explain and it was long overdue," Maclaren told Edinburgh News.
“I’ll never lose confidence in my ability in front of goal but, if you’d told me two months back, I’d join Hibs and score the winner against Rangers, I wouldn’t have believed you.
“Hopefully, it will remind people I’m still here, still scoring goals and hopefully I can kick on from here and enjoy this last half of the season with Hibs.
“I feel like I have unfinished business. I have a lot of energy and motivation to succeed here after a frustrating few months.”
Following a lack of game-time at German 2.Bundesliga side Darmstadt 08, Maclaren’s chances of going to Russia seemed slim, but his move to Scotland has reinvigorated the 24-year-old, with the Socceroos' striking roles still wide open.
“It’s premature to be talking too much about the Socceroos. I need to be playing and scoring to be even considered,” Maclaren said.
“I’ve always thought if I’m doing well I’ll have a good chance of selection because I bring a different aspect to the team in terms of going forward.
“I’m a born goal-scorer, it’s what I live and breathe. Hopefully I can impress the new boss, keep scoring goals, keep myself in the headlines and keep fit.”