Striker Mitchell Duke became the latest Central Coast Mariners player to debut for the Socceroos while signed for the Club after he turned out for Holger Osieck’s side against Korea Republic on Saturday.
Striker Mitchell Duke became the latest Central Coast Mariners player to debut for the Socceroos while signed for the Club after he turned out for Holger Osieck-s side against Korea Republic on Saturday.
Australia drew 0-0 with Korea in Seoul in the first game of their 2013 East Asian Cup campaign.
Fellow Mariner Trent Sainsbury was an unused substitute on the night, however should receive the opportunity to play his first game for Australia-s senior men-s national team later in the tournament with matches against Japan and China to come.
Elsewhere abroad, former Mariners midfielder and local junior Oliver Bozanic has commenced life at Swiss Super League side FC Luzern in strong fashion. After debuting for Luzern last week, Bozanic scored a brace in his new Club-s 4-2 loss away to FC Aarau in round 2 of the Swiss top flight at the weekend.
At Club Brugge, Mathew Ryan has continued to press his claims for a place in Juan Carlos Garrido-s starting XI for this Friday-s first Jupiler Pro League match of the season. Ryan performed strongly in a 2-1 win over the German Bundesliga-s VfL Wolfsburg recently, however was an unused substitute in Club-s most recent friendly against KV Kortrijk.
Tom Rogic looks set to feature regularly for Neil Lennon-s Glasgow Celtic side this season. He played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 friendly win against Brentford at the weekend, and also featured as a substitute in UEFA Champions League qualifying against Northern Ireland-s Cliftonville last week.
Alex Wilkinson played a full game for K-League heavyweights Jeonbuk Hyundai as they lost 2-1 to French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais in a friendly in France.
The Chinese Super League resumes later this month, with on-loan Mariners striker Daniel McBreen and former Central Coast attacker Bernie Ibini to play their next competitive fixture against Dalian Aerbin on Wednesday 31 July.
Rostyn Griffiths- Guangzhou R&F side are away to Shandong Luneng on August 1.
Mile Jedinak-s Crystal Palace continues their pre-season campaign against Gillingham tomorrow night. Jedinak captained Palace to promotion from the Championship last season. The men from Selhurst Park start life in the Barclays Premier League at home to Tottenham Hotspur August 18.