MARIJAN Cabraja insists watching Josip Juranovic and Borna Barisic be chosen for Croatia whereas taking part in in Scotland is a part of the rationale he made the transfer to Hibernian.
The left-back joined the Leith aspect on a three-year deal from Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month as a alternative for Josh Doig, who made the change to Hellas Verona.
Cabraja has already been capped at each attainable youth degree for his nation from Underneath-15 all the best way to Underneath-21.
And whereas his first goal is to verify he turns into a mainstay within the Hibs group – beginning in in the present day’s Premiership opener towards St Johnstone – the defender insists he additionally has long-term ambitions.
Requested if Celtic defender Juranovic and Rangers full-back Barisic have proven that taking part in in Scotland isn’t any barrier to the nationwide group, he replied: “In fact. This is without doubt one of the causes I got here right here.
“In case you are not taking part in usually wherever, you received’t get within the nationwide group.
“It’s all the time my dream and I’ll take it slowly, step-by-step and we’ll see what occurs.
“I’ve performed from Underneath-15 to Underneath-21 for my nation and two Euros at U19 and U21, so I hope that coming to Hibs may help me make the complete group.
“In Croatia, everyone is aware of about Hibernian, so once I obtained the prospect to return right here I used to be glad.
“It’s one thing new for me, a brand new probability and a brand new problem that isn’t one thing near residence.
“I see it as the prospect to make another alternatives for me.
“I do know these guys (Barisic, Juranovic) though I haven’t been in contact with them but. They’ve finished fairly properly right here in Scotland, so I hope I can do the identical.”
Cabraja has been kicking his heels on the sidelines thus far after work allow delays meant he couldn’t characteristic in a Premier Sports activities Cup group marketing campaign that ended with the group’s embarrassing exit from the competitors.
Nevertheless, with all of the paperwork now in place, the full-back is wanting ahead to being thrown into motion at McDiarmid Park in the present day.
He added: “The paperwork was finished two days in the past and now I’m able to play.
“It has been high-quality. To be trustworthy, it didn’t take too lengthy, possibly two weeks, so it’s high-quality.
“I’ve skilled with the fellows and obtained to know the fellows, the employees and coaches and everybody, so the time handed rapidly.
“We have now finished all of the health assessments and I feel I’m able to play if the supervisor chooses me. I’m fully match for the sport.”
With Lewis Stevenson presently injured, it looks like Cabraja can be handed an instantaneous debut towards Saints.
Following within the footsteps of Doig, a participant who moved to Italy for a £3m switch payment, doesn’t faze the 25-year-old.
He added: “I’ll do my greatest and I hope I can be an excellent alternative. Clearly he did properly and obtained a switch to Italy.
“We haven’t had a lot luck within the early a part of the season. however you would see within the final recreation towards Norwich, we’re a extremely good group.
“We performed very well and you would see we’re prepared for the beginning of the season.”