By: Hibernian Media on 12 Oct, 2018 10:30
Martin Boyle says that he has been welcomed in by his international team-mates during the Australian national team’s training camp in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking to the Football Federation Australia, the attacker says that the experience this week has been “brilliant” and described it as an honour to be part of the group.
“It’s [the camp] been brilliant,” said the winger. He continued: “The opportunity to represent your country is a great honour.
“I have been welcomed in by the squad and they’ve been great with me.”
A little over five years ago Martin was loaned from Dundee, then of the Championship in Scotland, to Montrose who were plying their trade in League Two. Now he is involved with a nation that regularly qualifies for the FIFA World Cup.
Ever since his loan move to Hibernian in January 2015 he has made continual improvements, leading him to become one of the club’s star players and a fans’ favourite.
Looking back on his journey he says he can scarcely believe the strides forward he has made as he progressed from Links Park to Easter Road, before linking up with the Socceroos in the Middle East, especially after having spoken about it for a number of years.
The 25-year-old said: “We’ve spoken about it [playing for Australia] plenty of times in the past few years, but the situation where I was I never thought that in a million years that my journey would come this far.
“If you had told me that I would be playing international football I would’ve laughed at you. It’s been an incredible journey and it’s one that I want to continue to take further.”
His call-up to the Australian national team came about as manager Graham Arnold visited the Hibernian Training Centre as he done the rounds of clubs in Scotland who had Australian players.
While Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan would have been known to him previously, the speedy and direct Martin Boyle caught his eye and he was keen to bring him into the fold after learning of his eligibility.
A sit-down chat with Arnold was key to his call-up, but so too was Jamie after had waxed lyrical about the Australian squad and the tight-knitted squad, with Martin now part of that tapestry.
The winger’s stay in the camp will be cut short as he is unable to play against Kuwait as the switch to the Socceroos needs to be rubber stamped by FIFA after he has received his Australian passport, however he will be keeping a close eye on the match and how it pans out.
Martin explained: “The boss [Graham Arnold] came in and we had a sit-down after the training session and he told me what he wanted, his aims going forward, the expectations from the squad, and the system of play and how he wants to play. I’ve really bought into it.
“That sit-down face-to-face was really what I needed, and he seemed keen for me to come onboard. The opportunity that he’s given me at the moment, I don’t want to let him down and I want to play the best football that I can under him.
“Jamie [Maclaren] has been there [at Hibernian FC] the past year or so and we always talk about it [the Socceroos] and he always emphasises how good the squad is, how tight they are as a unit, and that they are all great lads and playing top level football.
“I will be back in Edinburgh on Monday and I will be trying to catch updates and get the game any way I can. The lads are looking forward to the game and they are looking to make a statement.”
We would like to thank the FFA for all the images and video content they have sent over from their training camp in the UAE and wish them all the best for Tuesday’s friendly against Kuwait.