Western Sydney Wanderer Kearyn Baccus has warned Australian footballers must first establish themselves in the A-League before testing themselves in Europe.
Baccus moved overseas as a teenager, joining French club Le Mans’ youth setup and trialling with Spanish sides RCD Mallorca and Real Sociedad.
He played 27 games for Le Mans’ reserves team, Le Mans II. In 2012, he moved back to Australia with Perth Glory on a short-term deal, awaiting the completion of a deal to join Italian team Sienna.
However, that move did not come off, and after Perth, he signed for Blacktown City.
Now at 25, Baccus has settled at Western Sydney and has found a home in the heart of Tony Popovic’s midfield.
Speaking exclusively to Thursday’s Daily Football Show, Baccus revealed he has no intention of returning to Europe.
“I would like to (go overseas), but not to Europe,” Baccus said.
“It’s another level. You’ve got to be playing full time here before you can go overseas and cement you’re spot over there. It’s very hard.”
Instead, the South African-born utility wants to try his luck in Asia.
“I would like to go try my luck in Asia, like Japan, Korea, China if I can.”
The Wanderers face Melbourne Victory at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.