Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou included a string of bolters in his 30-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Iraq on March 23 and United Arab Emirates on March 28.
Postecoglou, who has seen his side record two wins and three draws in qualifying Group B so far, named seven uncapped players in the squad which must be trimmed down to 23 after this weekend’s fixtures.
Here are the seven who will be looking to claim their first senior Socceroos cap this month - if they are selected in the final 23.
Born in Sydney, Amini started his career at Blacktown City in the National Premier League before signing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2010.
The central midfielder, now 23-years-old, was an instant hit in the A-League and after just one season Amini was snapped up by German giants Borussia Dortmund, who at the time were managed by Jurgen Klopp.
After being loaned back to the Mariners for a season, Amini spent three years in Dortmund’s second team, making 57 appearances and scoring three goals. However, Amini couldn’t break into the first team at the German club so opted to sign for Danish side Randers FC when his contract expired.
The young midfielder is currently applying his trade at Aarhus Gymnastikforening, also in the Danish Superliga, where he has scored five goals and supplied two assists in 24 games. Amini represented Australia’s Under 17s side in 2009 and has gone on to play for the Under 23s. He will now hope that a first senior cap is the next step in his career.
Central midfielder Ryan Edwards made a bold move at just 17-years-old when he signed for English side Reading.
After two years in the youth set-up with the Royals, Edwards returned to Australia on season-long loan with Perth Glory, making 15 appearances in the A-League.
The Aussie midfielder feature just seven times before being released in 2015 when his contract expired. Edwards, who has captained Australia’s Under 20s side was given a second chance at Scottish side Partick Thistle, where he has become a first-team regular in the last year and a half.
Edwards has helped Thistle climb to an admirable sixth place in the SPL and the Aussie’s performances have now caught the eye of the national coach.
Grant has missed just one game for table-topping Sydney FC this season and has been an integral part of Graham Arnold’s side.
The 26-year-old is predominantly a right back, but his versatility and ability to step into midfield is one of his major strengths. After signing for the Sky Blues in 2008, Grant cemented his place Sydney’s first team, although a serious knee injury in 2013 kept him on the sidelines for eight months.
He returned seamlessly the following year, marking his first game back with a stunning goal against Central Coast Mariners. Grant has remained injury free since then and his performers this campaign have warranted a Socceroos call-up.