Jedinak called up to FIFA World Cup charge

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mile Jedinak has again been called upon to assist with the Socceroos’ 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification quest, having been drafted into Pim Verbeek’s 24-man squad that will face Bahrain in Manama next Thursday morning (AEDT).

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mile Jedinak has again been called upon to assist with the Socceroos- 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification quest, having been drafted into Pim Verbeek-s 24-man squad that will face Bahrain in Manama next Thursday morning (AEDT).

Initially included in Australia-s shadow squad for their ninth qualifier on the road to South Africa, Jedinak received a call up to the official travelling party after Blackburn Rovers midfielder Vince Grella was ruled out of the trip to the Bahraini capital with a hamstring strain.

Jedinak is now in line to collect his fourth cap for the Socceroos, having added appearances against Ghana and China PR in Sydney mid-year to his debut display away to Singapore in March.

Aside from his three starts in green and gold, Jedinak has been involved as an unused substitute in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against China PR in Kunming, Iraq in Dubai and Qatar in both Doha and Brisbane.

One of the Mariners- most consistent performers in recent years and arguably the standout player of the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season to date, Jedinak is one three home based inclusions for next week-s clash, along with Newcastle Jets pair Mark Milligan and Jade North.

Jedinak will depart for Manama after Saturday-s Hyundai A-League fixture against Adelaide United at Bluetongue Stadium and will fly direct to Melbourne after Thursday morning-s match to rejoin his Mariners team-mates for Friday week-s clash against the Melbourne Victory at the Telstra Dome.

"We extend our congratulations to Mile for his deserved call up to the Socceroos and wish Pim Verbeek and his squad all the very best in Manama," said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

"There is little doubt that Mile belongs to the highest echelon of players in the Hyundai A-League and is most deserving of this recognition and I-m sure that with the likes of Mile in the squad, Australia-s 2010 FIFA World Cup destiny is in very good hands."

The Mariners will resume their Hyundai A-League 2008/09 campaign at their Bluetongue Stadium home on Saturday, 15 November, when they host AFC Champions League finalists Adelaide United. Kick off is at 7.30pm.

Prior to the main game, the Mariners- National Youth League 2008/09 campaign will continue with a fixture against Adelaide United. Kick off is at 4.45pm, gates open at 4.30pm.

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