Our Olyroos continue building their careers across the globe after a successful qualifying campaign last March booked their spot in the final round of Tokyo 2020 qualifiers in Bangkok next January.
AC RENATE, ITALIAN SERIE C
Good news for the Olyroos with the exciting striker set to start running next week in Melbourne as he rehabs a minor ligaments injury.
Piscopo has been back in his home town in recent weeks after his Italian season ended with his Lombardy-based club.
His club side finished with a 0-0 draw away to Rimini to end the Serie C season fourth last in 17th spot.
The exciting striker shone during the Olyroos’ recent campaign in South East Asia.
And will be a crucial cog as the side seeks to qualify for Tokyo 2020 next January in Bangkok.
CEREZO OSAKA U23S, JAPANESE J3
The former Victory striker continues to hone his craft in Japan.
After a few injuries, the tall striker is back in the Cerezo 23s squad and looking fit.
And according to the club, Waring clocked 35.8km/h in training last week!
He started last weekend in a thrilling 3-2 loss to top side Roasso Kumamoto.
The previous game in Japan, the tall Aussie began on the bench against Vanraure Hachinohe.
His side is sixth after 11 games.
SCHALKE, GERMAN BUNDESLIGA1
The Canberra talent could be the big bolter in the Olyroos and perhaps the Socceroos over the coming year.
At 21 – he turns 22 in July – the Schalke defender is eligible for Australia’s Tokyo 2020 campaign.
The former Sydney FC youth player has been back in Canberra in recent weeks on his off-season break as he comes to term with his outstanding debut season at one of the big clubs in the Bundesliga.
His rise from being unwanted as a pro in Australia to a starting XI player in the Bundesliga has been one of the feel-good stories of the year.
More importantly, he could be a huge asset for the Olyroos and Socceroos over the coming decade.