Jai Ingham relishing New Zealand opportunity with brother Dane

Jai Ingham relishing New Zealand opportunity with brother Dane


Melbourne Victory and newly inducted New Zealand winger Jai Ingham is lapping up the chance to link up with younger brother Dane at international level.

Both Jai and Dane were called up to Anthony Hudson’s latest New Zealand squad for their World Cup qualifier double-header against Fiji next week.

Jai has enjoyed impressive form with Victory, while dane has burst onto the scene with Brisbane Roar this season.

The brothers qualified for All Whites selection via their mother, who was born in New Zealand.

Jai told reporters at the All Whites’ training base that the callups were a big deal for the entire Ingham family.

“It’s huge, not just for me and him but for our whole family,” he said.

“It was amazing to get the call-up with Dane and if we can both get on the field at the same time, then I’m sure we’ll show what we’re made of.”

Coach Hudson is looking forward to involving the older Ingham, 23, in the New Zealand setup.

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“He (Jai) looked really bright this morning and it’s great to have him in the camp,” Hudson said.

“He’s a really, really exciting player.

“He has loads of energy, is really attack-minded and you can see this morning just from one session that he’s someone who is really going to add to the group.”