Superstar signing Daniel Sturridge wants to be treated like just another player when he sets up for Perth Glory next season.
Glory shocked the A-League when they announced they had snared the two-time UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winner, who scored 68 goals in six years at Liverpool and won a Premier League title with Chelsea.
But Sturridge, who scored eight times in 26 games for England, said: “It’s not about me.”
In an interview from England, where he now trains with a personal trainer ready for his move, Sturridge said: “I come there humbly as a humble man and leave my ego at the door.
“I am a player that the team has signed, and it is about me integrating on the team, not about the team working around me.
“I’m just a player in a squad with players who are all trying to aim for a successful season.
“It’s a collective mission.”
Sturridge avoided expectations, wants to enter into a relationship with Glory fans and will happily take on an ambassadorial role for the club.
“I do not really know what the expectations are for being honest,” he said.
“I just get out there and play the same football that I’ve played in my career.
“Hopefully it will be considered a success.
“I do not look at what the expectations are in relation to how many goals I have to score or whether I have to get assists.
“It’s a team game and no player can carry a team in world football. I do not think that is possible.
“Everyone is needed. Everyone in the squad is important. I’m focused on playing for Perth.
“Whatever the club needs, I have to do it, but football is the most important thing.
“I’m not there on a vacation. I am there to play football, to perform to the best of my ability.
“I like to integrate with the fans. It is important.
“It’s a family at the end of the day. The players give their all on the field, the fans give everything in the stand.
“We’re all in it.”
Sturridge, 32, has six weeks to come to Perth and be ready for the home game against Adelaide United on November 20 before a five-match month-long road trip.
He last played for the Turkish club Trabzonspor, before being banned for four months in March last year for violating FA rules.
He trained in the United States and with La Liga club Real Mallorca before moving back to England.
“I am 100 percent. I have not lost any kind of fitness. ” he said.