Wanderers' Japanese star expecting more from himself
FOOTBALL: Japanese winger Jumpei Kusukami says he still has plenty to show Western Sydney Wanderers fans ahead of Saturday night's derby with Sydney FC.
Speaking to goal.com, Kusukami said he was getting used to Australian football and the best was yet to come in his first A-League campaign.
The 29-year-old, who has scored three goals this season, said he expected a lot more of himself.
"Personally, I think I haven't shown a complete performance yet," he said.
"This team (Western Sydney) has priority in defence and I have to use more energy on defence in my current position.
"It was very difficult at the beginning because I had the problem of fitness in addition to (the) tactical problem. I had to understand how we play here.
"Now, I have improved my fitness and (am) able to run more distance than before. It enabled me to produce more offensively, which I have been showing in Japan."
Kusukami played for Kawasaki Frontale, Cerezo Osaka and Sagan Tosu before signing a contract with the Wanderers that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2017-18 season.
The Japanese star indicated he was keen to stay longer than his current deal and was enjoying himself at the club.
"My teammates are supporting me and I love the way supporters motivate us here," he said.
"Wanderers supporters make great atmosphere, especially at the home games, and that is the reason why I feel happy every time I play.
"Currently, I am very fulfilled and enjoying football, so I want to play more games and record my name in the club's history."
The Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from a shock 2-0 defeat against the Central Coast Mariners at Spotless Stadium last Sunday.
Coach Tony Popovic will probably be glad his team will be playing at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night as it has not won yet at its temporary home.