Edwards scored a stunning goal on Tuesday as Partick Thistle advanced to the next round of the Scottish League Cup against St. Johnstone. 

The Australian midfielder went under the radar last season but had a solid campaign with the Scottish club, making 38 appearances across all competitions - more than any other player. 

And now, with the potential of the Socceroos making it to next year's FIFA World Cup, Edwards is looking to up his game and become a potential bolter for the squad. 

The 23-year-old has started off in the perfect way, scoring a goal of the year contender just a few games into the season, much to the delight of Partick manager Archibald. 

“It was a great strike from Ryan Edwards," Archibald said. “I thought he made the difference tonight.

“He tries his luck from distance and he hit the bar against Rangers last season with a similar one.

“But it was a terrific goal tonight.

“Ryan played the most minutes out of the whole squad last season so he is a big player but I think there is still more to come from him.”

He added: "It's a really tough place to come and the first goal is often the winner.

"I'm delighted for Ryan Edwards. He didn't have the best of pre-seasons but he certainly made a difference to the team tonight.

"Hopefully we can kick on in the league now. We've got a tough one next with Celtic but thankfully we're in the next round."

A suspension kept Edwards out of Partick's opening game of the season against Hibernian, but the Australian is back for their clash with Celtic on Saturday morning (AEST).