EXCLUSIVE: Juric reveals why he turned down Championship move

Australia striker Tomi Juric has confirmed that he opted to pass up on a move to Championship high-flyers Reading because he doesn't believe he is back to his physical best after picking up an injury in November.

Tomi Juric

Juric with Australia Source: Getty Images

The 25 year-old, who is back in action for his Swiss side FC Luzern, was the subject of a $A3.6 million bid at the back end of the January transfer window.

Juric decided to forego the potential glory of helping steer Reading to the Premier League to remain in the Swiss Super League.

"It's always nice to hear of interest like that... it's a privilege to see your work is getting noticed," Juric said.

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"But I just didn't feel now was a good time for me to move anywhere because I don't feel 100 per cent back to my best.

"I am quite happy here where I am with Luzern - and everything is about timing.

"I just have to keep working hard at least until the (northern) summer and we will see how things go."

Juric admitted that Reading's current position in the play-off places grabbed his attention, with the ambition to play in the Premier League, or one of Europe's other top leagues, high on his career agenda.

"That was interesting of course but like I said I just didn't want to go anywhere at the moment and fail myself because I am not prepared," he said.

"If I am ready and my body is in good shape then I might  then see myself in a different position."



Juric, whose comeback is heartening news for Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou ahead of next month's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE, has scored four goals this season and is hungry for more.

He came off the bench in stoppage time in his club's 4-4 draw against Lausanne Sport in their first league game after the winter break.

"It's been a little tough getting back on my feet again and I wouldn't say I have been completely fulfilled with this preseason and i don't feel I am back to where I was before the injury," added Juric.

"I think it will take a little time... it's games that I need in my feet. But as long as I get minutes slowly I will be happy.

"Hopefully by the end of this month I should be feeling back to normal."

The striker, who has another year to run on his deal with third-placed Luzern, is hoping to be in peak condition and back among the goals with the crucial clash against Iraq in Tehran, Iran, looming on March 23.

"I am 100 per cent committed to that and I am determined to be ready for that," he said.

"I'll be putting in extra sessions with my club and looking to push ahead to make sure I am ready for those qualifiers."

Juric is determined to put a run of injury setbacks behind him once and for all in 2017.

"They are a pain and always come at the wrong time. There's been a bit of that bad luck factor there ... but it's all part of the game," he added.

"The important thing is to get back to the level I was at before the injury.

"I am excited now for this part of the season."




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Published 7 February 2017 at 1:38pm
By Dave Lewis