Melbourne Victory's Elvis Kamsoba is primed for a breakout season after making a meteoric rise from Victoria's NPL to the A-League to the international stage with Burundi.
Kamsoba was one of the success stories of 2018/19, recruited from Victorian NPL side Avondale in January this year.
While he was unable to score an A-League goal for Victory last season, Kamsoba has found the back of the net with ease this pre-season.
"I think it's just been the right time for me being there to score," Kamsoba told AAP.
"I think last season I had a few opportunities I just wasn't confident enough to just shoot, I think this season I've been doing my full pre-season with the club and (got) a bit of confidence as well.
"So I'm hoping to take that into the season as well and maybe get goals."
Kamsoba's meteoric rise culminated in him accepting a call-up for Burundi earlier this year.
"I didn't expect that experience," Kamsoba said ahead of Victory's season-launch fan event.
"It happened all of a sudden. So I'm just grateful to everything that's been happening to my life.
"Literally they called me earlier and I was like 'nah, my focus maybe is to hope to play for Australia.'
"But in the end, I spoke to my parents and I just decided to go and play for my country."
It has been an off-season of change for Victory, with long-time coach Kevin Muscat departing and former Adelaide United boss Marco Kurz taking the reins.
"He's pretty fair - he doesn't care if you're small or young, which is good," Kamsoba said.
"So right now we're just doing everything that he wants us to do and hopefully we can win the trophy this season."