MASSIMO Luongo has branded the Australian pre-World Cup training camp as the "most intense" football experience of his career.
Swindon Town's midfielder is currently part of the Aussie's preliminary 30-man squad in Sydney and is hopeful of getting a chance to prove his worth in Monday's friendly against South Africa, after which coach Ange Postecoglou will narrow down the numbers to the 23 allowed by FIFA.
In the meantime, however, he's getting used to some pretty rigorous training drills.
“It’s been really intense. Probably the most intense I’ve experienced (in my career),” Luongo told www.socceroos.com.au.
“It’s like half pre-season and half getting ready for the World Cup with tactical too.
“It’s got everything jammed into one session.
“Terrigal was quite tough training and we’ll start again training tomorrow which will be quite tough too.”
“Physically I’m in good condition but this is another step here in the Australian squad, but I’ve adapted pretty well.
“It’s been good, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve met a lot of them for the first time but we’ve bonded well.
“It’s been brilliant, definitely.”
Luongo has yet to be given any kind of indication by Postecoglou about his potential inclusion in the final squad for the tournament in Brazile.
“No, he kind of keeps those things to himself. I know myself if I’m doing well or not. I know what I’ve got to do. Just be myself," he said.
“I’d love to be involved (on Monday against South Africa).”