Cameron Lindsay believes Auckland City FC and the FIFA Club World Cup are the best places to help him regain a professional contract.
Lindsay joined Auckland City FC in the off-season after a two-year stint with Wellington Phoenix ended. "I'm really excited to be here," he told FIFA.com. "There is a considerable step-up on and off the pitch, everything is as professional as the club can make it," he said. "I want to get back to a professional level and by signing for Auckland City, I've taken a step in the right direction."
The 21-year-old began his football journey with New Zealand at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 before graduating to the U-20 set-up. His eye-catching performances saw him snapped up by Blackburn Rovers in England.
"I've been very lucky to be part of those teams and experience life as a professional at clubs like Blackburn Rovers and Wellington Phoenix. I left those clubs but I've gained a lot more knowledge and maturity along the way," Lindsay said.
Lindsay lays credit for his successes at the door of Oceania Player of the Century Wynton Rufer. Ryan Nelsen being on the books during his spell away from his homeland also helped, with the former All Whites captain something of a legend at Ewood Park. "It helped having Wynton and Ryan around. I grew up through Wynton's academy Wynrs and I think he goes a bit unrecognised at home for what he achieved in the game as a player," he said.
Backing Los Blancos
When it comes to picking out a favourite to lift the FIFA Club World Cup, Lindsay is in no doubt who he thinks will triumph. "I watched Real Madrid destroy Liverpool in the Champions League on television and I think they're the team to beat in Morocco, no question," he said.
"The players they have are such top quality, it's hard to see past them as world champions. I don't know much about Moghreb Tetouan yet. Most of the detail we have focused on has been on how we are preparing for the season.
"I've played on the African continent before and I know the passion the fans have for football. But these are the environments you want to play in. I'm very excited. Auckland City were very unlucky to lose to Raja Casablanca last year and we just hope we can go one better this time."