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Ingham roaring to face old A-League side

NZN 26/04/2017 Ben McKay

Melbourne Victory winger Jai Ingham believes he can step into the gap left by Fahid Ben Khalfallah in the A-League next season but for the next fortnight, he is happy playing second fiddle as Victory shoot for the championship.

Ingham has been Kevin Muscat's super-sub this season, springing from the bench to attack tired legs in the opposition defence.

It worked a treat in Victory's last match, when the 23-year-old cut back a ball for Besart Berisha to score the winner - and his landmark 100th goal.

He expects no selection surprises this Sunday, when Victory host Ingham's previous club Brisbane Roar for a place in the grand final.

"In my half against Central Coast I think I showed what I can do," he told AAP.

"I got an assist. I'm playing well. I'm training well.

"If I can come off the bench against Brisbane, grab another assist or a goal, that will be handy for the boys."

Leaving a mark in the A-League finals is all part of Ingham's master plan.

First comes a title. Then comes a trip to Russia with New Zealand for the Confederations Cup. After that, it's locking down a place in the Victory line-up.

"Next year is going to be huge," he said.

"They're going to bring in another winger to compete but that's good for me.

"It gives me motivation to keep working hard and make that spot my own.

"It starts with the finals - making the grand final and winning it - there won't be any better feeling than that."

Ingham says Sunday's semi-final isn't any sort of grudge match for him, with many good friends and his brother still at his former home.

Ingham counts Corey Brown and Jack Hingert as great friends and admits the "banter has been flying" in the lead-up to the AAMI Park date.

He says there is no bad blood at not being able to crack the Roar side during the club's 2013/14 championship-winning year, understandable when you consider the attacking talent in front of Ingham at the time: Thomas Broich, Henrique, Dimi Petratos and Devante Clut.

"I was in good form in the youth team up there, scoring goals and having a good time," he said.

"But the first team was very, very good.

"I've got a new deal to stay at Victory and I'm very happy to be here."

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