Adam le Fondre is buzzing ahead of his Asian Champions League debut for Sydney FC, and says he's delighted with his new strike partnership.
The former Reading player hopes to help the Sky Blues notch their first win in the continental competition on Wednesday when they take on Kawasaki Frontale.
All his previous football has been at domestic level, and the 31-year-old said: "This is one of the major things [I came for] – playing in competitions like this which are prestigious. I've played foreign teams before but not in competitive football like this."
Le Fondre, who is joint-leading scorer in the A-League with 14, says his strike combination with Reza Ghoochannejhad is coming along nicely. "The last game we played in we were bouncing off each other nicely, creating opportunities," he said. "We just couldn't create that clear-cut chance for either of us to take, really.
"But it's blossoming well. If you look at the Wellington game as well, we were setting each other up and I think you can see it's two good footballers who are on the same wavelength."
Sydney FC have their work cut out against a team who have won the J.League for the past two seasons, though the Japanese side have drawn their three games so far this term.
The Sky Blues couldn't make home advantage pay last week in their ACL opener against Ulsan Hyundai, when they were held to a goalless draw.
Steve Corica's team are the leading rivals to Perth Glory for the A-League minor premiership.
The Glory have topped the table since round 4 but Sydney – bidding for a third consecutive Premier's Plate – are only six points adrift with six rounds left.
Sydney FC are 7/1 to win their next game against Kawasaki Frontale, who are 2/5 with the draw 7/2.
The Sky Blues are 5/2 to win the A-League Grand Final.
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