Get­ting Down To Budzinski

He’s not quite the high pro­file star A-League fans were ex­pect­ing to be City’s mar­quee sign­ing, but Marcin Budzinski just wants to be given a chance…

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Mel­bourne City’s Marcin Budzinski

Marcin Budzinski’s move to Mel­bourne City and Aus­tralia has been an eye-opener for the Pol­ish player who has never played for a club out­side of his home coun­try. The 27-year-old has only played for two clubs, Arka Gdy­nia and KS Cra­covia, in his 200-plus match ca­reer… and his ar­rival as City’s mar­quee – with­out a sin­gle se­nior in­ter­na­tional cap to his name – has also been an eye-opener for A-League fans too. Right-footed Budzinski prefers to play as a deep at­tack­ing mid­fielder in a No.8 role and was signed on a two-year mar­quee deal to strengthen City’s op­tions af­ter striker Bruno Fornaroli sus­tained a po­ten­tially lengthy in­jury in the FFA Cup. The Pole is im­pressed by what he’s seen from City Foot­ball Group in Aus­tralia, say­ing it’s miles ahead of any­thing he had back in his home­land. “The way every­thing is or­gan­ised here for me is very very good. Clubs in Poland, it wasn’t like that,” Budzinski says. “Only a few clubs in the top di­vi­sion back home have fa­cil­i­ties like this so I am glad I am here and have a place like this to work and de­velop. “I started read­ing about Mel­bourne as a club and as a city, and City Foot­ball Group sent me a pre­sen­ta­tion about the club and it was im­pres­sive. “It was a good chance for me to be­come a bet­ter player and an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop and be a new challenge for me.” Budzinski de­scribes his English as “not bad, but not good” and is still learn­ing. He says Dutch de­fender Bart Schenkeveld, who also just ar­rived, has taken him un­der his wing. Al­though never break­ing through to the se­nior team, Budzinski did come through the Pol­ish U19, U20 and U21 na­tional teams. “Ev­ery young foot­baller’s dream is to play for the na­tional side, it was great to rep­re­sent the coun­try at any level,” he says. “I had the chance to play against some of the bet­ter teams in Europe and see dif­fer­ent parts of the world. You can see how the other teams play. “Now the na­tional team is very strong but for me, it’s all in my head. It de­pends how I will play.” Budzinski re­calls play­ing two games in re­verse fix­tures of the Europa League in 2016, where they bowed out in the first qual­i­fy­ing round los­ing 4-1 on ag­gre­gate to Mace­do­nian side Shk­endija. “The sea­son where we fin­ished in the Europa League qual­i­fi­ca­tion stages was pretty spe­cial for me,” Budzinski adds. “It was the first time Cra­covia reached that stage, and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and ad­ven­ture for us as a team and for my­self. “We were an in­ex­pe­ri­enced side and I think that cost us in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion. “It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence. We were un­lucky to lose in the first round but for me, and most of the team as well, it was the first time we had taken part in a Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.” Budzinski also feels the pres­sure as a for­eigner in the mar­quee role and de­spite not be­ing the glam­orous sign­ing sup­port­ers would hope for, the Pol­ish play­maker pleads to give him a chance be­fore judg­ing. “I hope that I can im­press the fans, the league and show what I can do,” he says. “I hope the fans trust me be­cause I won’t nec­es­sar­ily have the best game ev­ery day but I will put in 100% for the team and that’s all that I can do. “I don’t want to make any pre­dic­tions but I can see that the team is strong so we have a chance to play well in this sea­son. I hope to be there at the top of the lad­der at the end of the sea­son but we can only achieve that with our ac­tions on the pitch. “I want to show my best. I know it will be hard but the foot­ball here is very fast, it’s ag­gres­sive, phys­i­cal and I must pre­pare my­self for that as well.”

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