Melbourne Victory attacker Jai Ingham will return to familiar surroundings when he faces his former club Hume City in the Westfield FFA Cup on Wednesday night.
A year ago, Ingham was a key player for the PS4 NPL Victoria side, helping Hume reach the semi-finals of the national knockout tournament.
"Playing at Hume City was a great experience," Ingham said in the build up to the clash at ABD Stadium.
"I was only there for one year, but in that year I learned a lot from the older players there – some of them have played A-League before so they knew what it was all about."
Ingham knew he was on the big stage when he took to AAMI Park for Hume against Victory in that semi, and he was keen to make an impact.
"Whenever you play an A-League club, you always want to impress. Definitely at AAMI Park as well, you want to put in your best performance," he said.
"The FFA Cup is a great stepping stone for any player.
"As soon as you catch the eye of someone and go on and have a few good performances, you never know what can happen."
While Victory prevailed 3-0 on the night, Ingham did enough to please Victory head coach Kevin Muscat, who offered him a contract two months later.
Ingham, who made 11 appearances in his debut season at Victory, also boasts goals against international opponents including Shanghai SIPG and Juventus.
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