Kewell continues to shine for Victory
The signals may have been mixed from Melbourne Victory, but for Harry Kewell, they're all pointing in the right direction.
Kewell produced a second successive quality A-League performance in the Victory's 1-1 draw with Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Friday night, suggesting those who question the hype and price tag attached to the Socceroo may need to re-think.
Playing predominantly wide on the left since Mehmet Durakovic's departure, Kewell is starting to regain the swagger so familiar to Australian fans - in the position in which they've grown accustomed to seeing him shine.
Kewell says he senses a new hunger at Melbourne Victory since Durakovic's axing and the arrival of new coach Jim Magilton.
He may just as well be talking about himself, so at home has the 33-year-old looked since the tumult which swept the club over the past week and a half.
"We've seen a change in the atmosphere around here ... we've always had a positive atmosphere in the club and ever since I've come here, I've had nothing but a great time," Kewell said.
"It's a confidence thing. We were lacking confidence.
"(Now) there's something in the team, you feel this hunger.
"I've come in over the last week and as a footballer you can smell things and I can smell there's something in this team - that we want to do something great."
Kewell also said he was happy playing wide after experiments as a lone striker and playing in a retreative role behind the forwards were less successful.
He tormented Adelaide United on Friday, creating one goal, setting up three more good chances for teammates.
The former Liverpool and Leeds star also nearly netted the goal of the season for himself with a blind turn and run down the right, before cutting in on his left-foot and thundering a shot against the bar.
But Kewell still believes he can play any role Magilton asks of him - perhaps mindful that the new coach has changes in mind to the Victory's style.
"It's my bread and butter out there (on the left). I love putting in goals, I love setting up goals," he said.
"As a footballer now you've got to grow to play three or four positions. In one motion, the manager can change his ideas and you've got to be able to adapt quickly.
"It's good to have three or four positions that you're comfortable in playing.
"I feel I can play one or two."