Sydney FC’s new signing not feeling the heat

New Sydney FC defender Jordy Buijs has claimed he could be acclimatised to Australian conditions within a week after his first session on a 32 degree day in Sydney.

Buijs fronted on Tuesday after arriving in Australia a day earlier, with the 28-year-old embracing the pressure that comes with joining the undefeated A-League leaders.

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With temperatures barely getting above freezing in the Netherlands at the moment, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Buijs initially struggled playing in the heat of the Australian summer. 

But the former De Graafschap and NAC Breda centre-back claimed he is used to the heat after a short stint with Romanian club Pandurii Targu Jiu.

“I think I need maybe one week [to acclimatise], maybe, I don’t know,” Buijs told reporters.

“The weather I like. I had this before also in Romania it was 43 degrees, so for me it’s not a very big point. I sweat a lot.”

Buijs left Pandurii after the club went bankrupt last month having initially moved to Romania in July.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold moved quickly to sign the Dutchman, who played at two of the coach’s former clubs in NAC and Roda JC, after Matt Jurman left Sydney for Suwon Bluewings and Seb Ryall injured his hamstring.

Buijs explained that Arnold’s knowledge of the Eredivisie and previous history with NAC meant his new boss had seen him play a few times when he was at Breda from 2011 to 2014.

Sydney FC's new Dutch defender Jordy Buijs.

“So the connection was close and he gave me a good feeling and I am a man of my feeling,” the Dutchman said.

“This is one of the important things in my life and the trainer gave me this so I need to give him something back on the field.”

Buijs added he isn’t worried about the pressure of joining a club mid-season that are not only challenging for the title but attempting to finish the Hyundai A-League campaign undefeated.

“When I feel the pressure I’m on my best,” he said.

“So I need this and I think it’s good for professional football players to have this pressure to put everything out of your body.”