Kruse eyeing January move
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Robbie Kruse will be out to find a new club unless he can translate his Socceroos form into more game-time in Germany.
The 28-year-old winger has been left on the bench so far this season in the league at his Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.
While it's allowed him to come into Socceroos camp feeling fresh, Kruse knows it's not a sustainable position.
"I'll reassess my options in January given I'm in the last year of my contract," he said.
"Hopefully I'm in a good situation to keep getting some minutes and we'll see what happens in January."
Kruse, who has spent the last six years in Germany since leaving A-League club Melbourne Victory, suggested flickering interest in his services during the off-season.
"It was difficult last window because I was with the national team four or five days before the window closed, and one of our wingers got injured, so I was always staying until January," he said.
"I know my situation at the club. I want to go play.
"If I can, I should be able to leave."
While gazing to the future, Kruse isn't moaning or complaining about his lot.
He knows there are far worse places to be than his ambitious home at Leverkusen, which is playing in the European Champions League and hopes to challenge perennial title-winner Bayern Munich.
"The squad we have is one of the best in Germany ... a lot of people have tipped us to push for the title," he said.
"You want to play every game but I'm competing with some top talent in Europe. Three of our front line are playing in the German national team - in the squad at least.
"I've done really well to get in the squad, now I'm on the teamsheet, on the bench at least every week.
"It's about pushing harder and getting some minutes.
"To be able to mix with them gives me a lot of confidence."