Three Socceroos midfielders have big decisions to make as they enter the last three months of their contracts in Europe. Meanwhile Rhyan Grant has firmly put the Copa America in his sights, but would he entertain a shot at the Olympics? It's all in The Mixer!
Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine, Mustafa Amini and Kenny Dougall have major career decisions on the horizon as they come to the end of their contracts in Europe and England.
Irvine - who has become an important part of Graham Arnold's engine room for the national team - has ascended to captain at Hull City. The 26-year old has an option to extend his contract for another year, however after nine league matches without a win, Hull City are now firmly in a relegation scrap, sitting four points from the drop zone.
Dougall's Barnsley are second last in the Championship and are facing the drop after getting promoted this season. The midfielder also has an option to extend for another 12 months but has had a troubling history of injuries since signing for the club.
Meanwhile, Amini's club AGF are trying desperately to re-sign their anchor in midfield, offering up a new and improved contract after the Australian rejected an extension last month.
Amini has stated that is his "last season" at AGF but Football Chief Peter Christiansen said "[Amini] has received an extremely good offer from our side." and is hellbent on keeping the Australian.
AGF are having one of their best seasons in recent history coming third in the league and on track for a European qualifying spot.
GRANT, THE OLYMPIAN?
Sydney FC right-back Rhyan Grant isn't expecting a call-up to the Olympics from Graham Arnold but is anticipating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Copa America in June.
With Nathaniel Atkinson banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Thomas Deng and Gabriel Cleur were used as cover during the AFC U23 Championships last month, but supporters have identified the right-back spot as a position that could go to an overage player.
"It would be unreal to be able to play at an Olympics but I'm not expecting to go," Grant told The Mixer. "I haven't really thought about it too much but it would be a cool experience."
As Australia's number one right-back Grant is preparing to face some of the biggest stars in the world at the Copa America.
"If I were to go [to the Copa America] it would be a great experience coming up against the likes of Messi, Suarez and Alexis Sanchez," he said. "Particularly Messi who I think is the best in the world – it would be an unbelievable experience."
The squad sizes at the Olympics will shrink from 23 in the qualifying rounds to 20. If Australia take three overage players, it means that only 17 of the 23 Olyroos who qualified will play at the Olympics.
NORTH NAMED INDIGENOUS SUPPORT AMBASSADOR
National online charity GIVIT has announced former Socceroos captain and Indigenous advocate, Jade North as Ambassador for their National Indigenous Support Program.
Jade North says growing up in a fractured family and his battles with depression inspired him to try to help create better lives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
"I'm incredibly excited to be part of GIVIT's Indigenous program," said North. "I want to support as many Indigenous children and communities as possible, and there's no better platform that provides dignity and hope to each donation recipient."
GIVIT uses 100 percent of all funds donated to purchase essential items, and always from local businesses and providers where possible.
After months of conjecture, Australia may have finally got their man. Alex Robertson, the 16-year old who is a mainstay in Manchester City's U18s side has played his first match in the green and gold with Australia's U20 talent identification camp in a 4-3 win.
His father and grandfather both played for Australia but he remains on the radar of England, Scotland and Peru.
He has been called on a number of occasions to join Pep Guardiola's first team this season for training.
AUSSIES IN K-LEAGUE HOLD UP
Socceroos striker Adam Taggart, Terry Antonis and Brandon O'Neill are among a number of Australians who are in limbo as the K-League season is postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea.
The K-League was set to begin this weekend but official figures report over 1,300 cases of Covid-19 in the country, with the number of cases increasing daily, putting the kick-off on hold.