FORGOTTEN Jets defender Nick Cowburn is looking forward to getting game time after being selected in a 22-man Australian development squad for a training camp in Spain.
Cowburn is the only A-League-based player in the squad which leaves for Murcia on Saturday. They will be in camp for a week and play games against the Austrian and Finnish under-21 national teams.
“It is a great opportunity and one I’m really looking forward to,” Cowburn said. “It is a chance for me test myself at the next level, work on fitness and play some football.”
The last of Cowburn’s 13 appearances this season for the Jets was in a 2-0 loss to Wanderers in round 16, almost two months ago.
“It has been a bit frustrating,” the versatile 22-year-old said. “At this time of the year all you want to do is play. It is up to me to force my way back into the squad. Hopefully I get a bit of confidence from the camp and can come back and contribute to the Jets making the finals.”
Cowburn’s selection followed a similar camp for Australian based players in Terrigal last month. Jets teammate’s Lachy Jackson and Devante Clut were also a part of that squad.
“It was good working under Josep,” Cowburn said. “He sees me as a centreback or right back. I will be one of the older players in Spain. Playing overseas is where I want to be and this will give me a gauge of what I need to get there.”
Apart from Cowburn, the squad is new to Gombau.
“This is not just an Olyroos squad, we are also bringing in some younger players and the main objective is to get to know all of them and see how they can fit into our system,” he said. “There is a five-year gap between the oldest and youngest players coming into this camp so the main objective is to get to know these players and see if they can become potential Socceroos for the future.”
Although Cowburn is the only current A-League player, Thomas Deng, Alex Gersbach, Anthony Kalik, Awer Mabil, and Stefan Mauk plied their trade in the domestic competition before heading overseas.