Socceroos defender Bailey Wright is tipping a bright future for Kye Rowles after the youngster's impact in Australia's successful World Cup qualification bid in Qatar.

Kye Rowles June

  • Rowles received his first cap for Australia two weeks ago, starting in the Socceroos friendly against Jordan.
  • He then started in both play-off matches, helping qualify for this year's World Cup.
  • The former Mariners player also signed with Scottish club Hearts of midlothian.

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Rowles departed for the Middle East without a cap but will return to Australia having played all three of Australia's fixtures, including the play-off wins over the United Arab Emirates and Peru.

He also sealed a move to Scottish Premiership club Hearts between the two play-off fixtures, where he'll join Socceroos teammate Nathaniel Atkinson and fellow Australian Cam Devlin at Tynecastle.

Wright, who debuted for the Socceroos back in 2014, said the two young defenders were examples of the talent that has been blooded during Australia's campaign during which coach Graham Arnold called up 48 players, 17 of those debutants.

"Kye, stepping in, making his debut the other day and playing in these games, it's a credit to him," Wright told the Australian Associated Press.

"He's taken it in his stride. His maturity, his quality, he's got a big future ahead of him and so does Nath.

"We've got a lot of good young players coming through.

"As a team we've got all them little ingredients, that togetherness, that's really galvanised us to make sure we get the best out of each other regardless of how many caps we've got, how many games we've played, what age we are.

"We don't care. We're there to do a job for ourselves, for each other and we can rely on one another and that goes a long way."

The penalty-shootout triumph over Peru that sealed Australia's World Cup spot also capped a big few months for Wright.

He arrived in camp after securing promotion with English club Sunderland via the League One play-offs last month while the matches in Qatar were his first for Australia in over two years.

After missing out on the 2018 World Cup squad despite being part of the team which defeated Honduras in the play-offs, Wright is eager to continue his run to ensure he doesn't miss out again.

"Nothing's guaranteed in football," he said.

"You've got to enjoy moments like this because I've been here before.

"I've qualified and not been part of a World Cup so I take massive satisfaction in qualifying for a World Cup. Means a hell of a lot to me and what I've been through to get here.

"I'm kind of pinching myself.

"I got promoted with Sunderland, qualified for a World Cup with Australia. Not sure if its sunk in yet.

"I'll certainly sit down my wife and my daughter in the next few weeks and see my family and really just reflect on everything that's happened because it's a good feeling."


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