Joe Ledley excited about heading to Perth

AFTER injury ended his season prematurely, Joe Ledley’s thoughts naturally turned towards the start of the new campaign.

AFTER injury ended his season prematurely, Joe Ledley-s thoughts naturally turned towards the start of the new campaign.

And first-up will be Celtic-s tour of Australia at the start of July, which will see the Hoops contest three games against A-League opposition in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney as Neil Lennon steps up his preparation for the new season.

It-s the first time the midfielder will have visited Down Under and he couldn-t contain his excitement about the trip – if not the long-haul journey.

“I-ve never been before so I-m looking forward to it,” he said. “I-m not looking forward to the plane, though. The flight is about 20 hours long so it won-t be fun.

“But I can’t wait to start the matches out in Australia. I think there will be some good teams out there.

“When I played with Robbie Fowler at Cardiff I knew he was going to Queensland and he’s now at Perth so I looked out for him, but apart from that I don-t really know much about football over there.

“I think they will be physical and hard, and their season will be just about to start too so it will be a good challenge for us.”

Almost a year ago Ledley first met up with new team-mates en route to the pre-season tour of America after completing his move from Cardiff City.

Although that time stateside allowed him to settle into his new surroundings, he is looking forward to a more relaxed time in Australia – particularly as he won-t have to showcase his vocal talents.

“I met everyone for the first time at Heathrow and headed over to America with them from there,” he explained.

“It was hard because I couldn-t exactly go along the plane shaking everyone-s hand so it was difficult at first.

“I was rooming on my own as well which probably made it a slower process in getting to know everyone but it-s always nice to have your own space and I still managed to settle in straight away.

“I had to sing a song though on my first night there because I was one of the new boys. I sang R Kelly-s I Believe I Can Fly but it only lasted about five seconds. I was the first one who had to get up so I had to set the standard.”

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