PNE ace prepared to wait for Oz chance

Bailey Wright has missed out on a call-up to the Australia squad
Bailey Wright has missed out on a call-up to the Australia squad
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Preston North End defender Bailey Wright is willing to be patient in his wait for another call-up to Australia’s squad.

Wright was a surprise omission from the Socceroos’ squad for two friendlies during the forthcoming international break.

Last month he scored on his Aussie debut against Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage, which came on the back of him being included in their World Cup squad.

Instead of heading off to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates with Australia, the 22-year-old will spend the international break with PNE.

Wright told the Evening Post: “There are a few new faces in the Australia squad and I wasn’t part of it.

“That is how football can be – sometimes you don’t get selected for whatever reason.

“I will just concentrate on playing well for Preston and hopefully that can lead to me getting another chance.

“I’m eager to play for my country again – going to the World Cup and then making my debut a few weeks ago were great experiences.

“I have to be patient and I’m prepared to be patient.

“In January, Australia is hosting the Asia Cup and to be part of that would be pretty cool.

“But I’m not looking that far ahead. It is Preston I’m focused on and helping them to do well.

“If you are part of a team which is doing well and pushing for promotion, that can lead to things at international level.”

North End host Colchester United in the league on Saturday and then turn their attention to Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Port Vale. After that they do not play again until October 18 because of the postponement of the visit to Swindon – that has been rearranged for November 4.

The reason for the change of date is that Swindon have three players on international duty.

PNE will be trying to win their third successive game on Saturday, the pick-up in form coming after defeat to Walsall and the 3-3 draw against Chesterfield.

“We have done a lot better in the last couple of games –looked a bit more like our old selves,” said Wright.

“Our performances have been more solid defensively and we have had two clean sheets.

“Have we changed what we have been doing? Not a lot. We touched on a few things a bit more to make sure we were all on the same page.

“People might say we had some dodgy results but we have only lost one league game.

“I thought we played well at Coventry. Our management of the game was good and we had things on our terms.

“The fact that Coventry did not have a shot on target says a lot about what we did.

“Hopefully we can get a third win in a row.”

Wright is having to manage a minor groin injury at the moment.

Fans might have noticed him in recent games returning to the pitch earlier than his team-mates for the second half.

Said Wright: “It is just a bit of niggle. I like to get it warmed up during half-time and not sit round for too long.”