Leo Bertos raring to go

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 21.08.14

Calcutta: For a World Cupper to be plying his trade in a country placed at 150 on the Fifa rankings, is not a common occurrence.

But if you look at Leo Bertos, he’s not someone to be too concerned about his stature. Instead, he’s focused on learning more and getting used to the conditions he isn’t very familiar with.

The New Zealander, who was an important part of his team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, joined practice for East Bengal on Wednesday. Undergoing a half-an-hour long training session on soggy ground, Bertos is hopeful of fast getting acquainted with conditions in this part of the world.

“I was pretty eager to join practice. To be honest, this is my first experience playing on a wet ground. Nonetheless, I do hope I’ll adjust quickly and come to terms with the conditions here,” the attacking midfielder said.

Extreme heat could be a worry for him, Bertos admitted. “Look, there’s plenty of rain back home in New Zealand… So that’s not much of an issue for me. But yes, heat is one factor that I’ll have to adjust to it,” the 32-year-old remarked.