Melbourne Victory defender Rhys Williams is confident his team can gel together well in Saturday night’s season opener against Sydney FC despite missing three players due to international duty.
Socceroos James Troisi and Mark Milligan could be playing in tonight’s World Cup Qualifier against Syria while All White Kosta Barbarouses is in Japan set to take on the Blue Samurai tomorrow night.
And with Graham Arnold saying Kevin Muscat should take internationals into consideration when recruiting, Williams felt it gave opportunities for the young players in the team to step out onto Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
“We've known this since day one and that's part and parcel of having great players in your team,” Williams said today.
“They're all quality players. But it's a great opportunity for the young boys and this is how the game works. We could unearth a gem on Saturday night and you just never know.
“It's how I got my break at Middlesbrough, a few injuries here and there and you get thrown in. It's down to these boys now to take their opportunities. They're good enough.
“Mentally, we're all here for them. They're all great boys and I'm sure when they come on, they'll do a great job.”
Williams said he was feeling fit and rejuvenated after playing all pre-season games for Victory after leaving his childhood club Perth Glory last season.
He said the way he settled has been “perfect” and the transition from the west was seamless.
And with the club making the grand final last season, Williams is expecting a cluster of game time and high expectations in the A-League and AFC Asian Champions League.
But a Socceroos call-up is not a main motivating factor for this season ahead. He has not played a game for Australia since 2013 but was called up in March this year for qualifiers against UAE and Iraq.
“I’ve always said if I do everything right here then things will fall into place but first things first I need to keep fit,” he said.
“I need to perform and I need to keep my spot here before I think about anything else but you never know, if I keep doing what I’m doing then hopefully things will work out.
‘I’ve taken a step back and I just want to do well here and things will fall into place, whether I am or not I’ll always support my country, I’ll always be there for the boys and the boss as well.”