It's been a long journey for Dimitri Petratos. From Penrith to Korea and back, now the 25-year-old is staring down a belated Socceroos debut. But he just says he wants to entertain.
Petratos is a man of few words. But within a sometimes steely demeanour, there's a showman raring to come out.
The versatile winger is rumoured to be on the verge of following ex-teammate, and fellow Socceroos call-up Andrew Nabbout to Japan, with J-League side Sagan Tosu reportedly interested in the 25-year-old.
But before he furthers any foreign ambitions, Petratos has a Socceroos debut under Bert van Marwijk on his mind.
"It was out of nowhere but it was a very good feeling," Petratos said.
“It’s every Aussie player’s dream to represent their country. Hopefully I get the chance to get some game time.”
Petratos tries to “entertain the fans” first and foremost. If he's getting the ever-increasing Newcastle Jets fan-base on their feet, then he's doing his job.
Newcastle sit second in the league this season in a resurgent campaign for Ernie Merrick's men, but despite the sudden improvement in form under the Scot, Petratos' side have bigger fish to fry.
After a 10-men Jets side defeated table-topping Sydney FC in their last encounter with the Sky Blues, Merrick's Jets will be aiming to add a second A-League Championship to the club's trophy cabinet.
“I just try to combine in the front third and try my best," Petratos said.
“It’s getting the basics right with my football, working hard, keeping my head down and just going with it.”