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In-form Rojas delights All Whites coach

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/11/2016

Marco Rojas brings a creativity which can lift the All Whites to another level says coach Anthony Hudson.

Livewire attacking midfielder Rojas has made an electric start to the A-League for Melbourne Victory and Hudson would relish that form continuing in Saturday's World Cup qualifying game against New Caledonia in Auckland.

The diminutive 25-year-old, whose career dipped during three difficult seasons in Germany, is set to be a crucial cog throughout the third stage of New Zealand's Oceania qualifying campaign.

"He has something different to what we have in the team in terms of creativity," Hudson said.

"He has real attacking flair, he wants to attack and create. And he's just got that character where he wants to enjoy his football and that's infectious.

"It's great to see Marco with a smile on his face and enjoying his football."

Rojas battled injury during his time at VfB Stuttgart and was subject to multiple loan deals from the Bundesliga club.

He has scored four goals in four games since returning to Victory, resurrecting the form that saw him crowned the A-League's best player in 2012-13.

"Through the confidence I've gained through playing three or four good games, I should be able to roll that into this camp," Rojas said.

"It's always nice to come home. I haven't played here in a long time so it's a good feeling to be back."

He admits he found it hard to cope with the mental challenge of being far from home.

Constantly recovering from injuries and having to prove himself again to team management was an ongoing battle.

"The reason I came back was because I felt it wasn't a good place for me to be," he said.

"I was training with second team and there weren't many options I felt were good. That made the decision easier to come back."

A veteran of 28 internationals since 2011, Rojas scored just his second All Whites goal in the 2-1 loss to Mexico last month.

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