Melbourne City defender Carl Jenkinson is relishing the prospect of a hectic schedule as some crucial games come thick and fast for the reigning premiers.
City are looking to retain their title and win the A-Leaague grand final but they will be fighting a battle on two fronts in the coming weeks.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s men kick off a big run of fixtures when they face Sydney FC on Wednesday night in a re-match of last season’s grand final, before taking on Melbourne Victory in the derby on Saturday.
City then jet off on Asian Champions League duty when they will play six group games. Then it will be back home to finish off the A-League season.
Jenkinson is used to the big games following his time in England with Arsenal and West Ham and he is looking forward to the weeks ahead.
"I love that to be honest," Jenkinson told reporters. "The past couple of years I haven't played as much as I would have liked so to be here now in this situation and they feel like big games.
"Obviously Sydney is a massive game and the derby and then off to the Champions League, that's big game after big game and it's exciting. It's what I've needed and what I've wanted on a personal level for while."
Looking ahead to the game against Sydney, Jenkinson is well aware they will be in for a tough game against Steve Corica’s men.
"They gave us a good game for sure up in Sydney and there was spells where they were very good," Jenkinson said of the Sky Blues.
"We was deserved winners on that day but we know it's going to be a difficult game, 100 per cent. Sydney's another challenge that we need to come through."