Everything is coming together smoothly for new Melbourne City midfielder Luke Brattan after beginning A-League season 2016/17 in fine form.
The past fortnight could be described as an early Christmas for Brattan, wreaking havoc against Melbourne Victory twice and now earning himself a call-up to the national team from Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.
He hopes to make his competitive debut for Australia after missing the opportunity in last year's 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Tajikistan and Bangladesh, but not before his club committments.
City is through to the FFA Cup final and have a chance to win its first piece of silverware in its six year history after knocking off the Victory Tuesday night's semi-final.
Brattan opened the scoring after nine minutes in a controversial manner after Socceroo legend Tim Cahill looked to have interfered with play from an offside position.
A classy Brattan denied seeing the incident despite it being in front of him and welcomed the rivalry between the two clubs.
“Look, there’s two massive clubs and you know we showed last night we want to try and be the biggest club in the city, in the A-League and in Asia,” Brattan said.
“But to do that we have to win trophies, they’ve (Victory) got more silverware than us, but I think we’ve made a good start, but we’re just taking it game by game and see what happens next.
“It’s massive, you look at all the teams around the world, they want silverware, that’s what we’re trying to do here and we’re trying to mirror that. I think making the final is a big step.”
Brattan looked in doubt on the eve of the game due to a fat pad in his knee which kept him hobbling around in the warm-ups.
The 26-year-old admitted the past 12 months were tumultuous after lacking game time with parent club Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers.
He said he was looking forward to improving on his two A-League Championships (2012 and 2014) with Brisbane Roar.
“There were no injuries (in England), I was going to the wrong clubs at the wrong time, I didn’t have a great year but I’m back here and concentrating this year,” he said.
“It’s definitely taught me a lot about myself not only on the field but off the field, so I think I’ve learnt from that and I’m just trying to play well consistently.
“We’ll forget that game (FFA Cup semi-final) now, we’ll concentrate on Friday and it’s just what we’re about, we take it game by game keep our feet on the ground, we’ve done nothing yet.”