New Socceroo Rhyan Grant admits his callup has opened his eyes to fresh career goals.
Grant has spent the entirety of his professional career in the A-League with Sydney FC, making 135 appearances for the Sky Blues since 2008.
Ange Postecoglou rewarded Grant’s career-best form with a maiden national team selection earlier in March, and the 26-year-old could gain his first cap against either Iraq or UAE.
When asked if Socceroos selection had altered his mindset, Grant replied: “It has actually. It’s more come from outside people talking to me, otherwise I’ll just play the game and try to enjoy it in the A-League.
“I love it there. I never really thought too much about anything further on.
“Obviously everyone has goals, but getting selected now opens my eyes up a little bit and enhances my goals in myself.”
Meanwhile, Sydney teammate Danny Vukovic has made the final cut of 23 alongside Grant and will form part of a goalkeeping trident, comprising himself, Mat Ryan and Mitch Langerak.
Vukovic has not been a part of a Socceroos setup since 2010 and is relishing the chance to link up with the Belgium and Germany-based glovemen.
“We’ve always been blessed having good goalkeepers in Australia, and Maty and Mitch have done wonderful,” Vukovic said.
“I’ve enjoyed watching them from afar and I’m really happy to see how well they’ve done in their careers to date.
“I’ve been really excited to get into camp and start working with those two.”
Australia face Iraq in Tehran on 23 March before backing up against UAE in Sydney on 28 March.
The Socceroos sit third in AFC World Cup qualifying Group B behind Japan and Saudi Arabia.