Everton's Tim Cahill has vowed to pick up where he left off when he returns from Asian Cup duty with Australia.
The 31-year-old midfielder has been in prolific form this season and is the Toffees' top scorer with nine Premier League goals.
Manager David Moyes was reluctant to be without Cahill's services for up to a month on international duty in Qatar.
But the former Millwall star scored twice as Australia opened their campaign with a 4-0 win over India and is determined to remain in tip-top form throughout the competition.
"I want to leave this tournament the same way I came in to make sure I have every chance of finishing the season strongly," he said.
Raring to go
"The biggest thing for me is that I have done well for Everton at the start of this season and I have come here to make sure I keep myself fit and raring to go and play great football.
"I am not one that likes to sit on the bench or laze about, I want to work hard while I am here and try to do something special for my country and go back to Everton and continue to play well."
Cahill scored just once as Australia scraped through to the 2007 quarter-finals before being knocked out by Japan on penalties.
And Australia confirmed their status as one of the favourites this time round as the Socceroos got their campaign off to a flying start.
Cahill added: "It is important (to keep scoring) because it breeds confidence and a desire to win and ensures that you are keeping yourself at a high level."