BORUSSIA Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has backed a new generation of Socceroos to come of age as the World Cup qualifying campaign goes down to the wire.
Australia are preparing for a crucial match against Japan in Saitama on Tuesday, before hosting Jordan and Iraq on home soil as they look to secure a berth at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer remains the Socceroos' first-choice shot-stopper, but Langerak is eyeing the number one jersey hungrily.
And the former Melbourne Victory man is not the only emerging talent hoping to stake a claim in Holger Osieck's starting 11.
"It's a new generation for the Socceroos with the young boys coming through," Langerak said.
"A lot of the boys are playing regularly and playing at good clubs in good leagues. That's all you can really ask for at this moment. And to have these players doing well for their clubs, winning trophies and competing in Europe, it's fantastic.
"It's only going to be a good thing for the Socceroos in years to come and hopefully we can start to cement ourselves - the future looks good."
As well as Langerak, Tom Rogic has impressed at Celtic since leaving Central Coast Mariners in January, while Tommy Oar and Michael Zullo helped Utrecht qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the Dutch Eredivisie.
And James Holland has collected a championship medal as a member of Austria Vienna's title-winning outfit this season.