JOHNNY Koutroumbis is leaving nothing to risk in his push for a place in the Olyroos squad for the Tokyo Games.
Left out of the squad for the final qualifying stage in Thailand, the Jets defender plans to make every minute count.
Koutroumbis, one of four Jets in camp, played the final 15 minutes in the 3-0 loss to Sydney FC and hopes to get more game time in the friendly against A-League new boys Macarthur at Jubilee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
"You have to give 100 per cent all the time," Koutroumbis said. "I have worked hard on the training pitch and tried to do all the right things. Hopefully, I can get a starting spot.
"In saying that, every player here deserves a spot. The camp is fall of quality. The best young players in the league are here. It's definitely good competition.
"It reinforces the level you need to be at."
Koutroumbis replaced Kye Rowles on Thursday and played as a right centreback in a back four.
He played on the right of a back-three for the Jets and had an outstanding second half of last season.
"I'm a defender first and foremost," Koutroumbis said. "As long as we don't concede goals, that is my job done. In a back three or a back four, my main objective is not to concede.
"Macarthur have definitely raised a few eyebrows with a couple of their signings. it will be interesting to see their quality and how they compare to the A-League."
Jets teammates Angus Thurgate and Connor O'Toole also played off the bench against Sydney FC. Ramy Najjarine started.
Six players from the squad left after the Sydney game due to Asian Champions League commitments.
Meanwhile, Sydney FC coach Steve Corica described his club's journey into a Qatari hub as "eventful".
The Sky Blues, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory have arrived in Doha before the Asian Champions League (ACL) resumption on Wednesday.
Players and staff donned full protective head-gear for the flights and were tested for COVID-19 on arrival at Hamad International Airport.
"It certainly was eventful," Corica said. "Wearing the masks and protective equipment is something you have to get used to.
"But due to the nature of overseas travel these days the flight wasn't busy and most of us were able to get a row of seats to sleep.
"That will help the boys get over the jet-lag quicker, as will being confined to their rooms."
The Australian teams were escorted by security to a designated bus and expect their test results within a day.
If cleared, they're allowed to train and use gyms.
Perth meet Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday night while Sydney play Shangai East Asia on Thursday night.
Melbourne Victory face Beijing Guoan the following Tuesday with the A-League sides uncertain how long they will be in Doha.
The ACL was suspended more than eight months ago because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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