Postecoglou wants new Roos from A-League
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Having plucked Aaron Mooy from the A-League for Socceroos stardom, Ange Postecoglou is on the lookout for the next young star of the local league to make a case for the national team.
Postecoglou, who believes the standard of the A-League is better than many European leagues, has already handed out several Socceroos debuts on the back of outstanding domestic form.
Mooy's exploits at former club Melbourne City made him an irresistible case for Australia, where he's now close to the first man selected.
Alex Gersbach (ex-Sydney FC), Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane), Josh Risdon (Perth), Mark Birighitti (ex-Newcastle) Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory) and ex-Adelaide pair Craig Goodwin and Jimmy Jeggo have all also been called up in the past year.
As the Socceroos inch towards qualifying for a fourth consecutive World Cup, the national team coach is eager to tap into more local spark.
"The guys who are playing at some of the bigger clubs, if they play every game for a club like Melbourne Victory they'll be playing at a level where I'll be taking notice," Postecoglou told AAP.
"If you look at the history of the A-League, it's guys who have one or two solid years and all of a sudden really blossom into it.
"We've rarely seen guys come out of nowhere and burst onto the scene and go really well.
"It's guys that have been in the system maybe one or two years and feel really comfortable at that level and take their game to the next step."
Postecoglou's remarks suggest a number of players could press their case.
Among them is Brandon O'Neill, who last season leapt into the limelight from near-anonymity thanks to his outstanding workrate and skill in Sydney FC's defensive midfield.
O'Neill is already building a solid partnership with off-season signing Josh Brillante, a fringe Socceroo looking to build on five international appearances made prior to a rough two years in Italy.
Former Brisbane and Olyroos centre-back James Donachie is also hoping to capture Postecoglou's attention with consistent minutes at new club Victory, where teammate Lawrence Thomas will start the season as No.1 goalkeeper for the first time.
Midfielders Jacob Melling (Western Sydney) and Steven Ugarkovic (Newcastle) could also be in the mix.
Two of Postecoglou's former sides will kick off the A-League season, with Roar hosting Victory at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.