ADAM Taggart believes the time is right for a move to Europe – now it’s up to his management to secure a club.
The youngest player to win the A-League Golden Boot, Taggart has a year remaining at the Jets but regards an overseas transfer as a priority.
‘‘If there is a time to go, it is when you have scored 16 goals,’’ he said.
‘‘For me it would be a bit silly to stay for another season.
‘‘If there is going to be an opportunity it is now when you are scoring goals.
‘‘Going overseas is a priority and it is up to management to get it sorted.’’
The Herald understands that Taggart negotiated a transfer ceiling in his most recent contract with the Jets.
The 20-year-old has been linked to a move to Holland but a formal offer is yet to materialise.
His agent Zeljko Susa was in China on Monday but business partner Richie Hinton confirmed that there were a "a lot of people interested" in their client.
Taggart, who is expected to be named in the Socceroos squad for a friendly against South Africa next month, has long held ambitions to head abroad.
"It would be stupid for any young player to say they don't want to go overseas and challenge themselves at the highest level," he said.
The Perth-born attacker capped a breakout season with a late goal, his 16th, in the 2-0 win over Adelaide on Friday night.
It created a new club record and moved him four clear in the race for the leading goal-scorer's title.
"At the start I didn't want to say anything about the Golden Boot," he said.
"You don't want to put more pressure on yourself than there already is.
"At the same time, it would be stupid if you are striker and said you were not going for the Golden Boot.
"Who are you to be a striker in the A-League and not want to score the most goals.
"It doesn't matter what league you are in, if you don't want to score the most goals why are you playing.
"That is why I said yes, of course it is a goal.
"It was on my mind from the first game. Even when I hadn't scored in the opening four rounds, it was still a goal.
"As they went in, I put more pressure on myself to work harder and keep improving and score more goals each week.
"You have to set standards and you have to set them high.
"If you don't meet them then you have to work harder."
Taggart credited former coach Gary van Egmond for "toughening him up" and admitted it was a difficult time when his AIS coach departed after round 15.
"A lot of coming here had to do with Gary in terms of hardening up the mentality and becoming a senior professional rather than a youth team player or someone on the verge," he said.
"We were away with the Olyroos at the time [of van Egmond's sacking].
"For us to be away when he left was a little disappointing.
"At the end of the day, Clayton [Zane] came in as coach and it was a positive move.
"He was a striker himself and has been good to me.
"As an attacking player, he encouraged the team to play forward and encouraged the team to take risks in the final third and things like that."
Zane also orchestrated a change in formation from a 4-3-3, in which Taggart played largely in a wide role, to a 4-4-2 where he partnered Emile Heskey up front.
Taggart had scored six goals in his first 13 games, including a brace and a hat-trick.
After the change in round 16, the striker netted 10 goals in the final 11 rounds.
"To be able to play up top alongside Emile, where more of the attention goes to him, was nice," Taggart said.
"I was able to sneak in around him and pinch a few goals.
"He does so well holding the ball up, and winning everything in the air.
"It allows me the space and freedom to go and attack and score goals."