Fit-again Caltex Socceroos forward Brandon Borrello has developed a relentless work ethic in Germany while recovering from a serious knee injury.
It’s why the Australian attacker believes he’s an ideal fit for Graham Arnold’s Caltex Socceroos side.
Borrello, 23, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a training session for second division outfit Kaiserslautern in April 2018 before joining Bundesliga club Freiburg.
“The work rate over there is just something else,” Borrello told www.socceroos.com.
“You have to be fit you have to be mentally strong, physically strong and I think the way Arnie likes to play and the way Australia is, they're good characteristics to have.
“We [Freiburg] don't have a team full of superstars and I've notice that it's a big collective or group effort. Everyone works from the strikers to the centre backs.”
In a show of faith to his new employers - who had made a verbal agreement to sign the former Brisbane Roar starlet prior to his injury - Borrello opted to remain in Germany rather than return to Australia to continue his rehabilitation.
He has since featured on the bench for the club’s 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig on April 27 and recently completed six full matches for Freiburg’s Regionalliga Sudwest (fourth division) team, providing four assists.
This impressive comeback caught the eye of head coach Arnold, who said he expected “great things” from the versatile attacker after naming Borrello – one of six uncapped players – in Australia’s squad to face Korea Republic this Friday.
“He can play anywhere across the front-line,” Arnold said.
“It'll be great to see him again and see how far he's developed since he's been at Freiburg. I expect great things from him."