Caltex Socceroos winger Chris Ikonomidis has secured a season-long loan deal with Danish club AGF where he will link up with fellow Australian Mustafa Amini.
AGF announced on Wednesday that Ikonomidis will join them for the rest of the 2016-17 Danish Superliga season, with the 21-year-old keen to secure regular games as Australia continues its bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Ikonomidis spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie B club Salernitana, making 14 appearances, scoring one goal and notching one assist.
AGF expect the Australia international to make an immediate impact.
"Chris is a talented player that has flair. With his speed and technique he can both get involved with collective pay and create something on his own," AGF sports director Jens Andersson said in a statement.
"He also knows the way to the goal and in that way he will make our play for unpredictable and give us more options to choose from in attack.
"He will certainly be exciting for AGF."
Ikonomidis is in Perth with the Socceroos this week ahead of Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Iraq, while he will also travel to United Arab Emirates for next week's match before heading to Denmark to begin work under coach Glen Riddersholm.
The former Sutherland Sharks junior will get his first opportunity to play for AGF on September 12 when they host FC Nordsjaelland.
Amini joined AGF in pre-season on a three-year contract and the 23-year-old midfielder has started well, scoring two goals in seven matches.
Poll: choose your Caltex Socceroos starting XI to face Colombia in London
After Saturday morning’s (AEDT) loss to Norway, the Caltex Socceroos get a chance at redemption when they take on Colombia in London. Coach Bert van Marwijk handed debuts to the likes of Dimitri Petratos, Andrew Nabbout and Aleksandar Susnjar in Oslo and is sure to freshen up
What’s next for the Caltex Socceroos?
While Bert van Marwijk’s debut game as Caltex Socceroos coach didn’t go to plan, the side gets a chance to put things right when they take on Colombia in London on Wednesday morning (Australian time). The South Americans are a dangerous side, having beaten Australia’s Group C
Opponent Watch: Deschamps slams ‘cocky’ France
The Caltex Socceroos weren’t the only team in pre-World Cup friendly action this weekend, with all three of their Group C opponents in Russia featuring in matches. And Australia’s first opponents at the World Cup France suffered a setback in their preparations against Colombia
Analysis: debutants Petratos, Susnjar the positives after Oslo loss
Result aside, Dimi Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar had assured debuts on Saturday morning. It was encouraging to see two starting XI debutants given a chance in Bert van Marwijk’s first game in charge. REPORT: Caltex Socceroos undone by Norway in BvM's maiden match ANAL