Contemporary off turning into the A-League Males report goalscorer, Jamie Maclaren believes he might play for an additional 10 years and even problem Damian Mori’s seemingly unbeatable nationwide league landmark.
Maclaren set a brand new ALM report of 143 objectives, overtaking Besart Berisha (142) along with his hat-trick in premiers Melbourne Metropolis’s 3-1 win over Western United on Saturday night time.
The 29-year-old delighted in surpassing the irrepressible Berisha and admitted he could not assist however eye off Mori’s NSL report of 240 objectives.
“Good luck to the following man as a result of I understand how onerous I labored to get to Besart and the way onerous he did to get to the place he was,” Maclaren advised reporters.
“Mori is in a league of his personal from the NSL days and it is in all probability right down to me to attempt to observe him down for each competitions’ title.
“I will strive my finest to catch him. I bear in mind folks laughed at me and stated ‘there is no approach you are gonna catch Berisha’ however I attempted my finest to trace him down.”
A grasp aim poacher, Maclaren referenced the likes of Alessandro Diamanti, Diego Castro and Scott McDonald when making his case for taking part in effectively into his 30s.
“I might rattle off a couple of extra names that performed to the ages of 38, 39,” he stated.
“My fashion might be used. I am solely 29. So I am speaking 10 years from now – so who is aware of?”
Maclaren might but be tempted to play abroad once more.
However he’s targeted on turning into a first-time father with pregnant spouse Iva, whereas setting new heights at Metropolis.
“To know that there is such a giant factor coming in my life off the pitch is one thing I will give attention to loads, however I wish to maintain bettering,” Maclaren stated.
“I wish to possibly attain 200 objectives, I do not know.
“I’ve bought 12 months to run on my contract. There’s all the time folks within the background attempting to speak about ‘do I wish to go away? Are there gives, is there curiosity?’ – and there is likely to be.
“However my sole focus can be on the objectives as a result of objectives carry comparable gives, whether or not that is to remain at Metropolis or no matter.
“However my sole focus can be attempting to win extra trophies with this nice bunch of boys.”
Maclaren has performed in two dropping grand finals and missed out on the 2020-21 decider as a result of being in COVID-19 lodge quarantine after Socceroos duties.
“I performed 27 video games that 12 months and gained the golden boot. In order that was a really collective championship,” he stated.
“However I wish to play in a grand closing and win one and that is one thing that you just all the time wish to do as a participant.”
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